Year 8 Girls just miss out on Yorkshire Final
The Year 8 Girls did themselves proud in the Yorkshire Carnegie Championships at Stanningley, Leeds, but agonisingly missed out on the final by just one try. Sirius were drawn in a tough league of six teams with Ossett and Settle being the ones to watch out for.
Sirius 18 North Halifax 0
Sirius started well against a small North Halifax side. Jorden Shakespear took full advantage of the size difference, running in three tries in quick succession, which were all converted by Ellie Hewitt. Braxton Adams, Carla Manuel and Charlotte Mawston all showed their strength, making some good yards going forward. In defence the whole squad were impressive, moving up quickly and getting numbers in the tackle.
Sirius 18 Salendine Nook 0
In their second game, again Sirius did not take a backwards step in defence, with Georgia Harrison and Emily Savage putting in strong challenges. Out wide Natalia Butler and Ellie Mae Norrie were not letting anything past them. This time it was captain Shauna Jones running in two good tries, after some great work from Megan Jordan, who dragged in the defence, which created space for Shauna, who showed great vision and pace to get over the try line. Jorden Shakespear also got on the scoresheet again, with Ellie Hewitt converting all three tries.
Sirius 0 Ossett 0
In the game of the competiton, both teams really went at each other, and this game would have been fitting for the final. The big, strong Ossett team did not know what had hit them! Two super defensive displays meant the scoreline ended nil nil, this game showed amazing courage, character and determination from the Sirius girls, which was so impressive! Fullback Molly Harrison and Saffron Jones (Year 7) was outstanding going forward, with Shauna Jones, Jorden Shakespear and Emily Savage putting in some big hits. Ossett thought they had scored the winning try, but Carla Manuel had other ideas and made a great last ditch tackle, causing the Ossett player to drop the ball over the line.
Sirius 6 Settle College 12
Sirius needed at least a draw from this game, as Settle had been undefeated in their first three games also. This was a different test for Sirius as the Settle team was very fast and agile. Settle went over first when one of their fast players found some space outwide. Sirius went over for a try of their own as Jorden Shakespear went over for her fifth of the competion, the trusty boot of Ellie Hewitt levelled the scores. In the last play of the game Settle kept the ball alive and ran from one side to the other trying to find some space, which was eventually found out wide again, which mean Sirius lost their first game of the competition by one try.
Sirius 12 Corpus Christie 0
Sirius was still angry from the last game and went out all guns blazing in their final match of the group stages. Captain Shauna Jones led by example and made some great yards forward, with Shannon Thornton and Ellie May Welburn also causing their defence problems. But it was Ellie Hewit who went over for her first try, running out wide and then showing a neat step off the right foot to go through the gap and score. Jorden Shakespear also went over to make the scoreline 12 - 0. Corpus Christie attacked well in the final stages, but as they had done all afternoon, the scrambling defence of Sirius Academy was superb, ensuring that they kept a clean sheet.
Unfortunately the defeat to Settle meant that Sirius didnt go through to the final, the girls knew they certainly deserved more out of the competition as they scored 54 points in total and only conceded 12 (two tries) in the five games, but the main thing is the improvement that the Year 8's have made this year, and with a bit more work I am sure they can go one step further next year.
Please congratulate the squad on their performance, attitude and behaviour throughout the day:-
Shauna Jones, Jorden Shakespear, Carla Manuel, Shannon Thornton, Ellie May Welburn, Ellie Hewitt, Ellie Mae Norrie, Georgia Harrison, Molly Harrison, Emily Savage, Braxton Adams, Megan Jordan, Charlotte Mawston, Natalia Butler, Saffron Jones (Yr 7)
Special Thanks to Janice Hall from driving the minibus and for her continous support with the girls rugby teams.