Cup joy of U12 and U13 side

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Chorley Panthers RL club are celebrating after two of their teams booked a place in the NWC Cup final.

The Under-13s recorded a convincing 76-0 victory over Cadishead Rhinos.

There were hat-tricks for Jack Thompson and Hayden Baah, two tries apaice by George Minton and Owen Farnworth, and others by Eston James, Michael Beardsworth, Connor Worden.

Rhinos had no answer for the power and pace on show from the very impressive Chorley side, who will now play Blackbrook Royals in the final on July 15.

Also on the winning side were the Under-12s, overcoming Latchford Albion 20-4.

It was always going to be a tough encounter, as both teams fielded strong and powerful forwards.

Latchford opened the scoring in the early minutes which rallied the Panthers into action, who went on to register 20 unanswered points.

Man-of-the-match Joe Bowden crossede for a brace, and forwards Joe Duckworth and Christian Kellett crossing for one each and stand off Josh Rourke putting in a great kicking game converting two of the four tries.

The Panthers will meet neighbours Wigan St Jude’s on finals day June 22.

Elsewhere, the Panthers were commiserating as their Under-14s side went down 28-20 to Pilkington Recs.

They were initially slow out of the blocks and were behind 16-0 at half-time.

The second half saw a much-improved performance when, for the opening 15 minutes, they dominated the game with Kieran Quayle scoring two, James Dolan, and Jack Ingham both scored one apiece and with two conversions by Baily Locke, Panthers were back in the game.

However despite a further score, the referee changed his decision and Pilkington Recs hit back to take the spoils. Man of the match was Scott Dixon.

Meanwhile, there was also disappointment for the Under-10s, as they lost 38-18 to Leigh Miners.

Panthers started strongly and took the lead with a great solo effort from Thomas Williams.

Miners came back and the Panthers defence was broken on two occasion but, with both conversions missed, it meant the match was evenly poised at 8-6 to Miners at half-time.

Leigh came out the stronger in the second half, and went in for three tries.

Panthers defence had crumbled at this point and this will be a keen focus in training.

They did show some character in getting two further tries from Thomas Williams and Liam Turner, both converted.

There will be some local interest at the International Origin series consists of two matches between England and The Exiles, which is a representative squad of overseas players curently playing Super League.

The first game will be staged at the new Langtree Park Stadium in St Helens on Saturday, June 16, and will be broadcast live on Sky Sports TV.

Chorley Panthers Under-11s have been chosen to walk out of the tunnel with the teams, and will remain on the pitch with the players during the National anthems.

Under-11s coach Peter Cunliffe said: “This is a great opportunity for the lads, and they are really excited about rubbing shoulders with the game’s top players.

“It will be a day to remember for all the families and we are just really fortunate that the RFL have chosen our club to take part on the day”.

Chairman of the Panthers, Peter Bridge, said: “Our governing body the Rugby Football League have given us this opportunity in recognition of all the hard work we do for the sport in the Chorley community”.

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