Last week the Warriors had the privilege of hosting the Wigan Schools RL finals.
Played across two days at the Fairhurst Accountants Community Stadium, Orrell, five schools were represented across the five finals.
Ince CE and Sacred Heart opened the event with a thrilling encounter with both sides showcasing great skill and attacking flair. Ince CE ran out winners following a last minute try to take victory by 32-28.
Next up was the first of four secondary schools finals, between Leigh St Mary’s and Wembley bound St John Fisher. The game was ultimately decided by half time as tenacious defending from both sets of players saw no points posted in the second half. The entertainment levels were sky high with the ball being shipped from side to side and both sets of half backs looking to create space only to be thwarted by resolute defending. St Marys took the win 12-10.
The final game of Tuesday’s extravaganza saw a dominant St John Fisher take a comfortable victory some expansive attacking play proving too much for St Peters, 42-0 the final score.
Two days later it was the Year 8 and Year 10 finals, both contested by Leigh St Mary’s and St Peter’s, Orrell.
Both games ebbed and flowed with the lead exchanging hands and neither game being decided until the final moments. The evening ended with both schools taking one victory apiece and being a true showcase of the great work that takes place in the schools of Wigan and Leigh.
St Mary’s ran out 28-16 winners in the Year 8 final with St Peter’s 26-18 winners of the Year 10 final.
Community Innovation Manager, Anthony Atherton commented: “It’s the first time I’ve ran the events in Wigan and it takes me back to when I was playing. Having the professional club invest time, staff and players to inspire the next generation coming through is key to our aims of making rugby league the best that it can be within the town.
“Congratulations to all of the players, teachers and parents for playing their part in some memorable finals. I’d like to thank Tom Fitzpatrick, Tom Marsh and Matt Swift for their efforts and delivering a great experience for the players.
“Special thanks to Tom Davies, Callum Field, Craig Mullen, Don Manfredi and captain Sean O’Loughlin for taking the time from their busy schedules to present the trophies and support the Wigan & Leigh Schools Finals 2018.
“Finally, we’d all like to wish Andy Unsworth and the Y7 team from St John Fisher the best of luck for the Champion Schools Final at Wembley.”