VIDEO: National success within touching distance for Seaton Delaval pupils

A group of students are aiming to score national success after making the Rugby Football League Champion Schools National Final as the Astley Community High School’s Year 10 girls have once again made the final following their performance at the national festival in May.

The Seaton Delaval pupils are preparing to face Castleford Academy in the final at Victoria Park, Warrington, on Friday and are hoping to follow their 2015 success where the same age group beat Castleford Academy to claim the national trophy.

The Astley girls in training. Pictures by Jane Coltman

The Astley girls in training. Pictures by Jane Coltman

Astley rugby league coach Lee Carbutt said: “It has been another fantastic year of girls’ rugby across our Federation with our best overall set of results ever.

“The future looks bright with both our middle schools performing so well.

“This has been backed up by a fantastic set of results within our high school teams; all three year groups making the national festivals and being crowned North East Champions.

“Of course the icing on the cake has been Year 10 Girls, who have been remarkable this season.

The Astley girls in training

The Astley girls in training

“The girls’ efforts have been first class and they are training twice a week in preparation for the national final. I am confident that they are ready to play the game of their lives and bring the trophy back to the north east.”

Executive Headteacher John Barnes said: “I am delighted for the team and Mr Carbutt. They have worked really hard this year. I have no doubt they will go and play their very best in the final.”

“Whatever the outcome, we are all very proud of what they have achieved and wish them the very best for the match.”

Head of School, Graham Scott said: “It has been a great effort and superb achievement for the girls and Mr Carbutt to reach another national final.

Coach Lee Carbutt

Coach Lee Carbutt

“We wish them all the very best for the final and we are confident that they will be bringing the silverware back to the North East once again. Go and make history girls!”

On joining Astley in Year 9 the girls became part of the same team, building on skills developed while playing for the Federation Middle Schools; reaching the national semi-final in 2017.

In Year 7 and 8 Whytrig Middle School became North East Champions and Seaton Sluice Middle School were runners-up.

The Astley girls in training

The Astley girls in training

The Astley girls in training

The Astley girls in training

Astley Community High Schools Year 10 rugby league squad.

Astley Community High Schools Year 10 rugby league squad.

Astley Community High Schools Year 10 rugby league squad.

Astley Community High Schools Year 10 rugby league squad.