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Llantarnam qualify for Welsh Year 7 school semis

26th November 2010, 13:06

Llantarnam qualify for Welsh Year 7 school semis

Llantarnam Comprehensive School's year 7 side took the first step onto

Llantarnam Comprehensive School's year 7 side took the first step onto the road to Wembley Stadium after qualifiying for the Welsh National semi-finals of the Carnegie Champions School Competition when they won the East Region Wales Rugby League section.

The school could eventually take on the best schools that British Rugby League has to offer with the Grand Final being at Wembley before the Carnegie Challenge Cup Final in August.

The East Region competition was held at Llantarnam Comprehensive on Thursday November 25th in bitterly cold but dry weather. Despite the cold the tournament was a huge success with seven schools, split into two initial pools, playing out a series of highly competitive games.

Group 1 consisted of hosts Llantarnam, Croesyceilog, St Josephs (Newport) and Hartridge. This was a very tightly fought group with Llantarnam, Croesyceilog and St Josephs winning two of the three matches. The group winner was then decided on points difference with Llantarnam narrowly edging St Josephs as winners of the group and finalists.

Group 2 consisted of Brynmawr, Fairwater and Monmouth. This was also a competitive group with Brynmawr, coached by former WRL development officer Wayne Williams winning all three matches and qualifying for the final, although they were pushed hard by Monmouth in the final game. The group results were:

 

Group 1

Group 2

Llantarnam 10 Croesyceilog 4

Brynmawr 18 Fairwater 6

St Josephs 22 Hartridge 0

Fairwater 4 Monmouth 12

Croesyceilog 12 St Josephs 8

Brynmawr 12 Monmouth 8

Hartridge 0 Llantarnam 24

 

Croesyceilog 18 Hartridge 0

 

St Josephs 10 Llantarnam 6

 

 

 

The final was dominated by excellent defences efforts from both sides. Brynmawr and Llantarnam played a wide open game but were thwarted just inches from the line time after time. It took a moment of magic by the outstanding Lewis Hopkins, sidestepping and outpacing the defence in the last play of the game to score and winning the final for hosts Llantarnam to the delight of the home crowd.

The tournament produced some outstanding individual performances which included Christian Niangonbasi (St Josephs), Ryan Lewis (Hartridge), Owen Williams (Brynmawr), Aaron Morgan (Brynmawr), Will Thomas (Croesyceilog), James Meyer (Monmouth) and Lewis Hopkins (Llantarnam).