The Year 9 and 10 Rugby League teams came within five seconds of producing a memorable double win in the Hull Schools Cup Finals. Both teams were a credit to the Academy, producing excellent performances, with the Year 10 team adding the trophy to their Yorkshire Cup Final success and will be aiming for the treble in the August National Cup Final.
The Year 9 team were up against South Holderness, the reigning Yorkshire Cup champions and previous National Cup Finalists. Many expected the boys to be up against it against a team who this year had easily won the Yorkshire Cup, however Sirius produced an exceptional performance, dominating the game for long periods, and were cruelly denied victory with the last touch of the game.
Strong performances, were produced by all players, with Liam Platten and Jamie Warcup leading the way in taking the game to the big South Holderness team, with Benn Arbon and George Scottow, supporting with several telling breaks. With Kieran Jones and Liam Harris shining at half-backs and the mercurial Harry Tyson showing his skills from full-back Sirius were leading 18-10 at half-time through Platten, Arbon and Scottow tries with 3 Harris goals.
The 2nd half was saw Sirius fall behind to two quick tries, however players such as Brendon Hepworth and Calvin Parker continued to drive into the wind and the opposition, with Connor Giddings leading the way in defence, despite him been a year younger and alot smaller then many of the Holderness players. Tyson stepped through to put Sirius in the lead, before Holderness hit back with 5 minutes remaining, however Liam Sigurdsson dived over with 40 seconds on the clock to put Sirus into a 28-26 lead. However two very dubious referee decisions led to Holderness scoring in added on time to take the Cup with a 30-28 victory, a scoreline that didn’t reflect the game, however the Sirius boys proved that they can compete with the best teams in England and will no doubt be stronger for this experience.
The Sirius Year 10 team were seeking revenge for last years defeat in this competition against Malet Lambet, the opponents for this Final also. The boys who have remained undefeated all season did not disappoint in their performance, in the end cruising to victory with a final scoreline of 46-10.
A general good all round performance led to first half tries from Jansin Turgut, Jordan Abdull (2), Macauley Hallett and Joe Burton with 4 Abdull goals, giving Sirius a 28-6 lead.
The second half saw a similar story, with many players impressing including Aiden Armstrong, Abdull and Hallett with tries from Lewis Hackett, Hallett and Abdull with two Liam Robinson goals giving Sirius a 46-10 victory.
The boys now look forward to facing Brooksbank High (Calderdale) in the National Schools Cup Final in London on Friday 26th August.