We are thrilled to report that Brooksbank Rugby has taken another National Title!

Huge congratulations to this talented team on an amazing achievement in the Warners Champion Schools Title.  We also pay tribute to Head Coach, Mr Damian Ball on his outstanding management and leadership skills.

The title fight against Saddleworth School took place at Victoria Park, Warrington, on Friday, July 5th, which just happened to coincide with Brooksbank’s Transition Day for Year 6s.

Year 10 Champion Schools Final against Saddleworth School

Facing Saddleworth was going to be a tough test for Brooksbank.  Nerves were jangling after a faltering start saw Brooksbank trailing four points at half time, with a score of 14-10 to Saddleworth.  Some serious knuckling down was needed if the boys were to find the ‘extra’ to level up and take the lead.

It was Gannon who led the fight-back, with his second try of the game.  This was duly converted by Brown, putting Brooksbank in a slender but significant lead.  The score of 16-14, left all supporters, both standing and streaming, urging; “Come on, Brooksbank!!!”

Our prayers were answered as Davies scored another try, again converted by Brown.  Suddenly, we were on a roll at 22-14.  Then Bland added another four points, and Brown, another two.

Although Saddleworth converted another try, it was Brooksbank’s dogged determination to get their game back on track and push it all the way.  The final score was a sweet 28-20 and the Brooksbank boys had an awful lot to be happy about.  Fretful Friday had become Fantastic Friday and it was wonderful to see them celebrate at the winner’s board.

“What a great set of lads!” said Mr Ball on Twitter.  “Fantastic performance, especially in the second half and unbelievable discipline throughout the game.  I must credit Saddleworth, who were great finalists and gave us a stern test.”

Massive congratulations to the squad

Sam Slater, Archie Williams, Matthew Weston, Deacon Tallis, Josh Brown, Jacob Hirst, Callum Ingham, Alfie Sutcliffe, Morgan Gannon, Billy Davis, Noah Tyson, Luca Powell, Ben Bland, Harvey Oldroyd, Tom Rigbye, Anthony Balmforth, Dylan Jackson, Tom Good.

Fantastic support from Headteacher, Brooksbank staff and parents

Brooksbank received strong support from a fantastic group of supporters including Headteacher, Mr Kevin McCallion.  Mr Ball would like to thank all parents, carers and friends who turned up to support this team of fantastic young men.