Girls teams take part in rugby league festival

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THE first ever junior girls’ competitive rugby league fixture in the north east saw Whitley Bay Under-14s and Cramlington Rockets Under-16s travel to Greetland in West Yorkshire to play against some of the country’s best.

Cramlington girls played three tough games and competed well in all three, losing narrowly in two and giving Castleford Panthers the toughest game of the day.

The girls were then training the next day and already looking for ways to improve.

Whitley Bay were crowned festival champions after winning the last two and drawing their first game.

Community rugby league coach Lee Carbutt said: “Both clubs should be immensely proud of backing girls’ rugby league in the area and giving it their full support.

“This is a magnificent achievement from both clubs being able to field the first ever girls junior teams from the north east.

“Training at both teams has been going really well and the girls love playing rugby league.

“Girls rugby league is becoming popular in North Tyneside and Northumberland and both clubs are at the forefront of girls development.”

Anyone interested in playing should contact Lee Carbutt on 07824 827439, e-mail or visit