The Year 7 Rugby team are now Yorkshire Champions having beaten Castleford Academy 18 - 8 in the final. Carleton took the lead in the first five minutes when Ciaran McGuckin collected a high kick deep in his own half and outflanked the defence on the right hand side to cut in and score under the sticks. Jake Stones converted the try, as he did Brad Allsop's later in the half, and Carleton changed ends at half time with a 12-0 lead.
McGuckin used his pace again in the second half to extend the league wuith a third try that Stones converted and the game at 18-0 looked to be safe. Castleford, who in August will be competing at Wembley for the National Cup, were not finished though and as Carleton lost their concentration and to a certain extent their discipline, Castleford came back with two tries. Both tries were scored well out on the wing so both conversions were missed and Carleton were able to raise their game again with a ten point buffer. The final whistle went with Carleton pressing to extend their lead and the players were able to celebrate the first Yorkshire Cup that Carleton have achieved in it's fifty year existence.
Ciaran McGuckin was rightly awarded the man of the match, but this was a game won on team play and sound defence all the way across the field.
The pictures below do not reflect the fact that the main stand, behind the photographer, was packed with parents and supporters from both teams and the atmosphere was electric. A real experience for all the students involved.
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