Peterlee girls are set for Twickenham date

Dene Community School's girls rugby team
Dene Community School's girls rugby team

TALENTED students have won through to play at the home of English rugby.

Dene Community School’s girls rugby team will represent the North-East and Cumbria in the National Finals at Twickenham, on Saturday, May 3.

The under-15s event takes place on the same day as the annual Armed Services game, where the Army compete against the Navy.

And if the Peterlee girls achieve a top four finish, they get the chance to play their final game on the pitch in front of an expected 65,000 crowd.

The girls stormed through the county stage, beating Whickham and The Academy at Shotton Hall 6-2 and 6-1 respectively.

They then progressed to the regional round, finishing top of their pool without conceding a game against Cockermouth, Prudoe, Duchess and Egglescliffe.

In the final the girls confirmed they were the team to represent the North-East and Cumbria, seeing off their opposition Netherhall.

Coach Philippa Curtis said: “I am extremely proud of the girls, they have earned their place and should feel proud of their achievements, not just this year, but over the past three.”

Headteacher Kelvin Simpson said: “The school is incredibly proud of the girls and their achievements.

“The success is down to hard work and dedication.

“The school prides itself on providing opportunities for all its students to excel and demonstrate their talents. A fantastic achievement.”