Schools celebrate place in national competition

Pupils from Astley Community High School celebrate winning the Year 9 Final of the North East Boys Championship for rugby league.
Pupils from Astley Community High School celebrate winning the Year 9 Final of the North East Boys Championship for rugby league.

PUPILS from two schools have been celebrating their success on the pitch after picking up trophies in a regional rugby league competition.

Astley Community High School won the Year 9 section of the North East Boys Champion Schools Competition while nearby Whytrig Middle School won the Year 8 category.

The two schools have been among a number around the north east taking part in leagues, local finals and regional finals to make it to the champions finals.

The pair were both Tyne and Wear Champions, facing off against their Durham champions counterparts.

Astley High overcame The Academy from Shotton Hall in their final, while Whytrig Middle school went to golden point in their final again St John’s RC Comprehensive from Bishop Auckland.

Jade Mackie, regional development officer for the Rugby League, said: “Introducing the Central Venue Leagues this year has developed the competition immensely; the players are provided with the opportunity to play more regularly and this is evident in the performances on the pitch.

“The games have been thrilling at all levels with the Year 8 Final going to golden point.

“I would like to congratulate all the teams on getting this far in the competition and good luck to all the winning teams in the next round.

“Additionally, a huge thank you must go to the community rugby league coaches, teachers and match officials who ensure these games go ahead.”

Both Astley and Whytrig now progress to the national rounds of the competition.