Just before the Easter weekend our Year 9 team, defending champions from last year, participated in the Warrington Wolves rugby festival. In our pool matches we faced Penketh, Cardinal Newman and last year’s beaten finalists, Beamont Academy. A comfortable 5 tries to 2 victory over Cardinal Newman, was followed by a very narrow 1 try loss to Beamont, leaving us needing to win our final game against Penketh to have a chance of making back to back finals. Despite doing our bit and winning against Penketh, Beamont also won their last game to progress to the final as group winners. All in all, it was a spirited defence of our crown, but we were just found wanting when it really mattered.
The following week, our Year 7 team made their debut in the same competition, with a promising mixture of experienced players and raw but talented novices in the squad. The boys were involved in two extremely close matches with Great Sankey and Kings Leadership Academy, in which they showed a great deal of determination and fighting spirit. A last second equalising try saw us draw 6 tries all with Great Sankey, which we followed up with a 5 tries to 3 victory over Kings. This left the result of the pool finely in the balance, hinging on the last game between Great Sankey and Kings. If Sankey bettered our 2 try victory over Kings, the place in the final would be theirs, but any other result would mean that Culcheth would progress to the final. Another close game ensued, with Kings finally emerging the victors, to send us through to the final!
The Year 7 final, vs Cardinal Newman, is a 5.30pm kick off at Victoria Park on Tuesday 10th May, so if you are available please come down to support the team!