10th May 2018, 19:25 | ChampionSchools

Year 8 & 10 Girls National Champion Schools Festival round-up

Year 8 & 10 Girls National Champion Schools Festival round-up

West Lakes Academy will take on Castleford Academy in the Year 8 Girls Champion Schools Final, and the Year 10 Girls Final will see Castleford Academy and Astley High go head-to-head.

The finalists were decided at the Year 8s and 10s Festival, held at Oulton Raiders ARLFC on Thursday, May 10.

Year 8 Girls

West Lakes secured their place thanks to group stage wins over Bishopshalt (24-12) and Hawkley Hall (18-6), alongside a hard-fought 12-all draw with Castleford Academy.

Heroic late defence saw the Cumbrian school seal their final spot in a dramatic 16-12 semi-final win.

Meanwhile Castleford Academy progressed from the group thanks to a convincing 24-6 win over Bishopshalt and an 18-6 success against Hawkley Hall, alongside their West Lakes draw.

In the semi-final, they won 24-0 against Newminster to secure their final berth.

Year 10 Girls

Castleford Academy will clash with Northumbria's Astley High after battling through to the Year 10 Girls Champion Schools Final on Thursday.

Cas fought for three group stage wins, running out 12-0 winners against Deanery, 12-6 winners against Astley, while sealing a tense 8-6 win over Archbishop Tensions.

Their semi-final saw a local derby against Wakefield's Outwood Grange, where they ensured progress to the Finals Day in Warrington thanks to a 10-0 win.

And Astley High will join Castleford in the final after two wins from their three group stage games (24-0 against Deanery and 18-4 against Archbishop Tensions).

A memorable semi-final performance helped them see off St Peter's Manchester 12-0 to seal their final spot.