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Rugby - 05. July 2009.

Northern Rail Girls Champion of Champions Finals


Over 200 Girls descended on Thatto Heath, St Helens for the Northern Rail Girls Champion of Champions Finals.


The day saw action from three different age groups at under 12, under 14 and under 16 leave and all those present cannot of failed to be impressed with the skills and quality of Rugby League on show.


The first phase of the day saw the four teams at each age group play off in a round robin format, with the top two sides from the group stage then progressing to the Grand Final.


After some terrific action in the under 12s group, Rochdale Mayfield Mustangs and Castleford Panthers made it through to the final showdown, despite a great effort from Huddersfield St Josephs Sharks and London.


In a keenly contested opening half the Mustangs - who have only been playing together for five months - were the first to open their account via a sensational effort from Holly Fielding, although Castleford certainly gave as good as they got and the first half came to a close with just a single score seperating the two evenly matched sides.


The next score was always going to prove crucial, and so it proved as the quick feet of Fielding again caused problems for the Panthers defence as she sped over from well over half a length of the field.


Despite a brave effort from the Panthers - with Brogan Churm and Amy Tait outstanding - the Mustangs just proved too hot to handle and they sealed their prize as Holly Hilton went over with just minutes remaining to make it 3-0.


The under 12 player of the tournament went to Rochdale's Holly Fielding.


Middleton and Chorley Panthers were the next sides on show as the under 14s finalists took to the pitch, just as the glorious sunshine gave way to driving rain.


After Middleton edged their pool clash 2-0 the final was anticipated to be a close affair, however Middleton had other ideas as they were quickest out of the blocks and raced into a 3-0 half time lead courtesy of tries from Natalie Kent and a brace from Natasha Gains.


To their credit the Panthers had their moments and much credit should be given to a brave peformance from all the team, however Middleton just proved to be a too tough a nut to crack as their defence held firm.


Sophie Grogan emphasised Middleton's superiority with the only score of the second period and sealed a 4-0 success.


The under 14s player of the tournament was given to Middleton's Natasha Gains.


The last action of an enthralling day came courtesy of the under 16s.


Warrington Wolves and Ovenden had battled their way to the big contest and a large crowd was in attendance to see if the two sides could stage a repeat of the thrilling pool game that ended 1-1.


By the the interval the game was still very much in the balance after Toni Tomkins had crossed for Ovenden, in reply to two earlier scores from the Wolves Vicky Rogers and Danielle Bound.


However, whatever was said in the Warrington half time team talk must certainly have had an effect as the Wolves were simply outstanding in the second half.


Tries from Rachel Peers - who's partnership at half back with Bound proved a descisive factor - along with efforts from Kristan Bracenridge and a second for Bound meant the Wolves ran out eventual 5-1 winners.


Ovenden must also be praised for their peformances throughout the day with Devon Clegg and Danica Thoseby very much to the fore.


Player of the tournament for the under 16s was Danielle Bound.






Castleford Panthers

Huddersfield St Josephs Sharks


Rochdale Mayfield Mustangs


Grand Final Result: Rochdale Mayfield Mustangs 3 v 0 Castleford Panthers



Castleford Panthers

Chorley Panthers




Grand Final Result: Middleton 4 v 0 Chorley Panthers





Warrington Wolves

Widnes Moorfield Angels


Grand Final Result: Warrington Wolves 5 v 1 Ovenden


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