Rugby Union: Carnforth emerge as champions

The successful Carnforth High School team AJ Abdelghafar, Joel Newton, Freddie Bartle, Jamie Preddy, Lewis Greenall, Jay Garcia, Baillie Leatham, Joe Robinson, James Stanley, Ewan Dean, Joel Chesters, Harry Kirkpatrick, Bradley Temple, Ben Preddy, Morgan Tyson, Kyle Wainwright, Jack Dockray, Henry Hiley.
The successful Carnforth High School team AJ Abdelghafar, Joel Newton, Freddie Bartle, Jamie Preddy, Lewis Greenall, Jay Garcia, Baillie Leatham, Joe Robinson, James Stanley, Ewan Dean, Joel Chesters, Harry Kirkpatrick, Bradley Temple, Ben Preddy, Morgan Tyson, Kyle Wainwright, Jack Dockray, Henry Hiley.

A Carnforth High School rugby team became champions of North Lancashire at a tournament held at Preston Grasshoppers.

The Year 7 side are the North Lancashire Rugby Emerging Schools Champions after going undefeated in the competition held last month.

The district side, coached by teacher and Football League referee Jeremy Simpson, didn’t concede a point in the group stages brushing aside Ashton 21-0, St Wilfrids 28-0 and Unity Blackpool 19-0 in three very one-sided games.

Carnforth captain Baillie Leatham led by example and scored two tries during these games and further tries from Ewan Dean, Joel Chesters, Morgan Tyson, James Stanley, Joe Robinson, Jay Garcia with two tries from vice-captain Harry Kirkpatrick adding to the scoring.

James Stanley added 12 conversion points and Lewis Greenall six.

The semi-final paired Carnforth against Unity of Burnley and within a minute Dean put in the tackle of the day and the ball spilled over the Unity try line and Kirkpatrick pounced to score, only for the referee to disallow it.

Carnforth weren’t denied for long however as Kirkpatrick ploughed through to score from the resulting scrum.

Stanley converted for 7-0 but Unity were soon level as Carnforth conceded their first try of the day.

The Kellet Road school bombarded Unity in reply and with seconds remaining Kirkpatrick went over for a try converted by Stanley to secure a 14-7 win.

Carnforth made a rapid start in the final against Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Jamie Preddy breaking through to score before AJ Abdelghafar went over shortly after.

The high school weren’t finished as Kirkpatrick scored another try, Stanley converting all three for a 21-0 win.

Carnforth and Clitheroe will represent North Lancashire in the next round set for early next year.