The Sirius Academy North Year 9 girls rugby team finished in third place in the Yorkshire Qualifying tournament with two wins and two defeats in an extremely competitive tournament consisting of five teams from Hull. All five teams were of high quality and the Sirius North team can be very proud of their performance as they showed real skill, character and toughness.
Sirius Academy North 1 Archbishop Sentamu 4
Sirius Academy North started the competition against a very strong Archbishop Sentamu side, who would eventually go on and win the tournament. Archbishop Sentamu were out the blocks quickly with two early tries, but the Sirius North girls managed to get one back after a great solo try from Bridie Shepherdson who showed real determination to break through the defence and go over to make it 2 - 1. The thought of a comeback was short-lived as Archbishop managed to score two more tries to win the game 4 - 1.
Sirius Academy North 3 Kelvin Hall 2
Next up for Sirius North were Kelvin Hall, and the girls started the game full of confidence as the impressive Casey Burton went over after showing great skill and agility. The defence of the Sirius side was looking a lot more organised, and they managed to keep Kelvin Hall from scoring with some superb tackles. Captain Amelia Fish was leading the way in defence with some big hits and also a willing runner in attack, and she got her rewards with a try of her own to double the Sirius North lead. Kelvin Hall got a try back of their own after a crash over from close range. But Sirius were not going to let this game slip away from them, and when Year 8 Adeje Husseni ran onto the ball with pace and power there was no stopping her as the lead was extended to 3 - 1, in the final stages Kelvin Hall went over for a consolation try, but Sirius celebrated their victory.
Sirius Academy North 4 Winifred Holtby 1
The Sirius girls were now bursting with confidence, and they took that into the next game as they got off to a great start against Winifred Holtby as the strong, powerful Bridie Shepherdson to was hard to take down as she went over for two great solo tries. The defence of the Sirius side was hard to break down, and even when the Winifred side tried to go around them Levi Norrie stood up to the challenge on the wing, and with Casey Burton all over the park making covering tackles it was a great team performance. Bridie Shepherdson went over for her hat-trick before Casey Burton spotted a gap from the acting half back position and scooted over to make it 4 - 0. In the last play of the game Winifred Holtby went over to make the final score 4 - 1.
Sirius Academy North 4 Sirius Academy West 5
In the Sirius derby the game could have gone either way as both teams threw everything into their attack, but both defences were starting to tire. It was Sirius West who took the lead, but the reply was immediate from Bridie Shepherdson who ran nearly the full length of the pitch to equalise. Sirius West scored next to make it 2- 1, straight after Sirius North had the chance to equalise but the offload from Amelia Fish was knocked on and this gave Sirius West an opportunity to extend their lead to 3 - 1, which they managed to do. Sirius North did manage to get it back to 3 - 3 with tries from Amelia Fish and Casey Burton after great runs from Adeje Husseni and Lacey Giblin to make for a tense finish. Sirius West got it to 4 - 3, but Bridie Shepherdson replied again with a power over for 4 - 4, but in the last moments of the game Sirius West found a gap out wide and went over to win the game 5 - 4.
The Sirius Academy North girls gave this tournament everything they had and can be so proud of their achievements. The character, determination and teamwork was there for all to see. So please congratulate the squad on their performance, attitude and behaviour, they were an absolute credit to the Academy:-
Adija Husseni (Year 8)
Klaudia Peschel (Year 8)
Ana Maria Bumitru (Year 8)
Autumn Ellis (Year 8)
Special thanks to Miss Workman and Miss Wilson for their support with the team.