Hartlepool girls give rugby a try

The rugby girls
The rugby girls

GIRL power came out on top at a rugby event set up for youngsters from a cluster of town primary schools.

North Hartlepool Family of Schools competed in the first ever NHFoS’ Girls’ Tag Rugby Event which was held at West View Primary School on Miers Avenue.

The event had a Six Nations theme with West View representing England, St Helen’s as Scotland, Clavering as Wales, St John Vianney’s representing Ireland, Barnard Grove representing France and St Bega’s taking on the role of Italy.

The girls braved the cold and muddy conditions to battle it out over a series of 15 matches which saw over 70 tries being scored under the watchful eye of event organiser Dave Palmer.

Clavering finished as the overall champions, having won every match without conceding a single try.

Eight different girls scored Clavering’s 28 tries, with captain Sophie Crowther finishing with 14 tries to her name.

Sophie, who also represented Clavering and the town of Hartlepool in the recent Tees Valley Tag Rugby Finals, said: “We played phenomenally well as a team and I was really proud of how we stuck together in attack and defence.

“It was a great opportunity to be able to play competitively in a girls-only-event, especially as we have so many talented girls who love sport at Clavering.”

Clavering deputy headteacher Neil McAvoy added: “In order to promote girls participation in PE and competitive sport we decided to organise an event which was exclusively for girls.

“All of the girls from the six schools appeared to enjoy themselves and I was incredibly proud of how the Clavering girls competed together.

“The Clavering PE and Sport Programme focuses very much on ensuring that all potentially vulnerable or under-represented groups of children achieve their potential,and we are blessed to have so many talented girls in our school who have enjoyed success in cluster, town-wide and county sports competitions.”