First Ryan Brierley Cup a success

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SCHOOLCHILDREN got to showcase their sporting skills on the same turf as the town’s professional rugby league stars with the first running of a tag tournament.

Teams from five primary schools descended on the Leigh Sports Village to show off their skills in the non-contact version of The Greatest Game, with youngsters from St James’ Daisy Hill, Twelve Apostles, Leigh St Peter’s, Sacred Heart and Lowton St Mary’s all taking part.

After a day in which the stars of tomorrow shrugged off the poor weather conditions to entertain with some high-quality rugby, the competition was won by the side from St James’ Daisy Hill, who snatched victory in the final in golden point extra time.

The team was awarded the inaugural Ryan Brierley Cup for their triumph.

Ryan said; “The tournament was really entertaining and the commitment from the children who braved extreme weather conditions was outstanding. The standard of rugby was quality and was reflected by the match winning try in the final.”

“Speaking to the head teachers, they really enjoyed the tournament so hopefully we will see all the schools again next year.”

Apprentice co-ordinator John Duffy said: “I would like thank all the schools involved for a fantastic afternoon of rugby league. Pupils and staff went away with a great experience, and hopefully this will create a fantastic link between the schools and our new apprenticeship scheme so that they can enjoy rugby league throughout the school terms.

“Lastly I would also thank the LSV company for letting our future stars grace the hallowed turf.”