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Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Representing Lancashire, Bolton School's Year 8 rugby league
team overcame Birkdale High from Sefton by 60 points to 8 to
become this year's North-West Emerging Schools' Cup Final
Bolton set their stall out early with a try from their first
possession to put Birkdale on the back foot. After further Birkdale
errors, Bolton capitalised and gained a further score to make it
12-0. It didn't get any better for the men from Sefton
as Holmes weaved his way through on the right flank,
16-0. However Birkdale persevered and got their rewards with a try
from Sean Clarke, but Bolton's ability to continue to power through
the defence resulted in yet another try, 16-4. Bolton by this time
were rampant and Batterbee scored an impressive try, running a
considerable distance and they added a further score to this,
Birkdale realised they had to stop making the basic errors that
were putting them under pressure. With this in mind they gained a
little bit of momentum and managed to penetrate the Bolton line for
a second time making the score 24-8.
Bolton's dominance of the game was emphasised in the second
period as they scored at regular intervals without conceding a
single try. They denied Birkdale any field position and were
clinical with the ball in hand.
Bolton ended the game on a high and with nine tries in the
second half; the final score read 60 points to 8.
Notable performances were Chris Brownlow and Chris Batterbee
from Bolton School; Birkdale's most valuable players were Michael
Howard and James Mitchell.
Bolton School's Year 9 team also made it to the North-West
Regional final, where they met Sir Thomas Boteler College
The level of commitment and intensity from both teams was
apparent throughout the match but despite some serious periods
of possession for Bolton School, they were unable to match their
Warrington opposition for tries scored. The Warrington school
running out emphatic winners at 44 points to 8.
Players recognised for their efforts were Matthew Boyers and
Harry Knowles from Bolton School; with captain James Jones, Charlie
Lee and Conner Byron singled out for Thomas Boteler.
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