Sirius Academy Year 10/11 Girls rugby league team managed to win all three of their games in the Wakefield and Castleford friendly competition.
All four teams were of a very good standard, but Sirius proved too strong for them all on the day with a great team effort.
Sirius Academy 5 Castleford Academy 2
First up for Sirius was Castleford Academy, who as expected, always have a well organised and strong side. Sirius started the game well and got a well deserved try, when Kayleigh Waller showed her speed and strength to go over for the first try of the game. The Sirius defence was looking a bit shaky as the Castleford side seemed to break through on a few occasions as the line was not moving up together, and Sirius paid the price when Castleford levelled the scores from close range. Molly Bigby scooted well from acting half back, and played the ball quickly to Waller, who found the gap and went over for her second. The girls came in at halftime knowing they needed to be stronger running the ball in and also more urgent in defence if they were to win this game. And they did just that, the introduction of Courtney Sedman on her debut was immediate as she ran the ball in well, Shannon Thornton and Braxtan Adams were putting in some good tackles. Shauna Jones was creating things from first receiver and put Waller away for her hat-trick. Bigby extended the lead even further after she finished off a fine run down the centre of the field from Jorden Shakespear. Castleford got a try back of their own as they barged over on the last tackle before Waller completed the scoring in a well worked team try.
Sirius Academy 4 Crofton Academy 1
Sirius carried on from their outstanding second half display against Castleford with a solid first half against Crofton. Molly Bigby opened the scoring when she found a gap out wide and outpaced the defence. Waller was next on the scoresheet when she jinxed her way through showing superb agility. But it was the defence of Georgia Wardell and Emily Savage that caught the eye as they really put their bodies on the line with some outstanding one on one tackles. The second half Waller went over again to make it 3 – 0, but Crofton got a few repeat sets on the Sirius tryline and managed to get a try back of their own. Aimee Harris and Danny Fulton were beginning to take the ball in more and looked dangerous going forward making good yards for Bigby to go over for the final try of the game.
Sirius Academy 3 Outwood Grange 2
Last up for Sirius was probably the strongest of the 3 teams. Bigby opened the scoring, again showing real pace and skill. From this point the Sirius team seemed to force the ball and knocked on in their next three sets of six, in which Outwood capitalised on with worked try. Rio Cambell made a great run forward to put Sirius in good field position and it was finished off well by Jorden Shakespear. Outwood again managed to get themselves back in the game, again it was repeat sets on the Sirius tryline that they defended well, but on the last tackle did not get off their line quick enough and paid the price. In the final stages of the game Sirius got near the Outwood tryline and Shauna Jones noticed that the defence had come in too far, leaving Paige Fletcher wide open on the wing, the distribution from Jones was superb as Fletcher went over in the corner to win the game for Sirius.
Please congratulate the squad on their outstanding performance, attitude and behaviour.
Squad: Georgia Wardell, Kayleigh Waller, Paige Fletcher, Courtney Sedman, Danny Fulton, Aimee Harris, Shauna Jones, Rio Campbell, Molly Bigby, Braxtan Adams, Jorden Shakspear, Shannon Thornton, Emily Savage
Special thanks to Miss Williams for her support with the team.