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Tuesday 17th March saw Accrington Academy playing host to the annual Hyndburn Tag rugby competition, with the winning team of the 14 entered progressing to the Lancashire school games on 30th June to represent Hyndburn.  There were 4 pitches playing host to 4 different groups. Group A were made up of St Wulstans, Huncoat and Peel Park A while Group B featured Rishton Methodist, St Mary Magdalene A and West End.

These teams would play each other twice in the group stage with the top 2 progressing to the quarter finals. Group C and D were made up of 4 teams these were St Bartholomew’s, St Charles, St Marys Clayton and Peel Park B in Group C while Group D had Benjamin Hargreaves, St Marys Oswaldtwistle, Peel Park C and St Mary Magdalene B, these teams would play each other once and again the top 2 would progress to the quarter finals.

In group A Peel Park A looked strong winning 3 out of 4 games and drawing the other, while Huncoat won 2, drawn 1 and lost 1 progressing into the quarter finals. Group B West End won 3 and drew 1 to earn their place in the quarter finals alongside St Mary Magdalene who won 2 drew 1 lost 1.  Group C saw St Bartholomew’s progress as group winners winning all 3 of their group games joining them would be St Charles who narrowly beat Peel Park B who both finished on the same points but it was St Charles who progressed after scoring 1 more try in their games than Peel Park B (8 to 7). The final group saw St Marys Oswaldtwistle progress winning all 3 of their group games joining them was Benjamin Hargreaves who won 2 lost 1 of their 3 games.

Onto the quarter finals the line up was as follows, Peel Park A vs. St Mary Magdalene A, Huncoat vs. West End, St Bartholomew’s vs. Benjamin Hargreaves and St Charles vs. St Marys Oswaldtwistle. Some fantastic talent was on show in these four games as there was in the group stages. The energy and skill was a joy to watch. All four games were close and well fought however it was Peel Park A who progressed to play St Charles in the first semi final and St Bartholomew’s who played Huncoat in the second semi final.  The semi finals were just as tense and as close with the participants really stepping up their game in order to reach the final however there could only be 2 finalists and these were Peel Park A and St Bartholomew’s who went into the final and Huncoat played St Charles in the 3rd/4th place playoff.

In the final Peel Park showed their quality early,  scoring 2 quick tries. From there they never stopped scoring with another 5 tries before the full time whistle to win the competition for the second year in a row. Huncoat finished 3rd narrowly beating St Charles 4-3.

Well done to every school who took part the skill level and enthusiasm was really good to see. Congratulations to Peel Park and good luck in the Lancashire School Games.

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