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North Wales under 16s reach Plate Final

13th July 2015, 09:54

North Wales under 16s reach Plate Final

North Wales Crusaders under 16s have qualified for the North West Counties Plate Final, to be played on September 13.

North Wales Crusaders under 16s have qualified for the North West Counties Plate Final, to be played on September 13.

 

The youngsters overcame the previously unbeaten Langworthy Reds from Salford 12–10 at Queensway Stadium in Wrexham in Sunday’s semi-final.

 

This was a thrilling, nail biting affair with both teams giving their all to reach the final. In the end it was the young Crusaders will now face Wigan based Shevington Sharks in the big game.

 

It was the culmination of another busy weekend of Junior Rugby League activity across North Wales which started on Saturday with the third of the North Wales Junior Festivals held at the home of the Prestatyn & Rhyl Panthers in Rhuddlan.

 

A Flintshire Falcons & Dee Valley Dragons under 13s took on a classy visiting team from the famous Orrell  St James club from Wigan. The visitors, who play weekly in the English North West Counties League, proved too strong and street wise against the willing and brave Falcons/Dragons boys who will have learnt a great deal from playing opponents of this standard. 

 

At under 11s there was a three way festival contested by Flintshire Falcons, the home Panthers and Orrell.  Each game was closely contested with some excellent Rugby League skills on view form all three sides.  The more experienced Orrell side came out on top but both Welsh teams can take great heart from their performances. 

 

Special Guests on the day, Wales Rugby League President, Mike Nicholas and Rugby League Legend, Andy Gregory were impressed by the standard of play throughout the festival. A big thank you to the Panthers club for their superb hospitality which all added to a great day.

 

On Sunday, two more North Wales clubs took on English North West Counties opposition. The Wrexham Bradley Raiders under 11s gained a terrific 32–26 win over Culcheth Eagles. This by all accounts was the young Raiders best performance of the season.  Finally, Flintshire Falcons U18s went down at home to the Cadishead Rhinos under 18s, but two Falcons boys, Lewis Tucker and George Mills had great games in front of the watching Wales under 18s squad and coaching staff.