3rd July 2018, 14:25 | champion_schools

2015's Wembley finalists looking for Year 10 glory

2015's Wembley finalists looking for Year 10 glory


  • v Brooksbank
  • Victoria Park, Warrington
  • Friday, July 6
  • 7pm kick off

Coach: Chaz I’Anson

Squad: James Murray, Adam Bamber, Nathan Bannerman, Alex Sutton, Cailean Thomson, Sam Craig (Captain), Adam Holroyd, Jamie Holroyd, Euan Holland, George Chatten, Reece Sumner, Aiden Doolan, Jack Hunter, Will Gilhooley, Oliver Hopkins, Matty Chandler, Lewis Davies.

The most successful side in the rich history of the Wade Deacon school? Well that's the view of coach Chaz I’Anson. And given their results it's hard to argue with him.

"They've won four North West Counties titles in a row and got to three National finals out of four, so they're a pretty talented team," says Chaz.

But it's not been plain sailing on the way to this year's final.

"I think the scorelines flattered us a little bit because it certainly has been a tough road to the final," he says.

"We had to go away to Cumbria (St Bernard's) in the quarter final and it's never an easy place to go to. We were slow out of the blocks and they started really well so we had to come back and show a bit of character.

"Then we played a very good Malet Lambert team from Hull and were 10-0 down after 10 minutes. We've not started games particularly well but we've shown a lot of character. But they are a very talented group.

"They got to the National finals in Year 7 and Year 8 and quarter final last year but were beaten by St Bernard's, so got our revenge this year."

So what is the secret of their success?

"They just work hard for each other but they can throw the ball around and do play some good rugby as well. We're not the biggest side, there are a few big individuals in there, but when we've got the ball we are dangerous.

"Without a doubt it's a team effort and the spine of our team, full back, half backs and back row are talented and a number of them have been picked up on scholarships at Wigan, St Helens and Widnes.

Looking ahead to the final, Chaz is expecting a tough game against Brooksbank.

"We played them last year at their place and were beaten. We're under no illusions, they're a fantastic side who have a lot of good quality boys from Siddal, arguably the best amateur club in the country.

"They do have a real talent pool to work with. I know their coach Damian pretty well, he does a fantastic job with them. It will be a tough game for us, but it should be a good final."

Chaz acknowledges that the success of the team wouldn’t be possible without the support of the staff and the parents.

"I would like to thank all the teaching staff and the PE department for being flexible and allowing us to play fixtures all over the country. Owain Griffiths, who is a student teacher, has helped me out this year, he's has been a massive help.

"I have to thank the parents. For the last four years they've travelled to a number of games to support the boys and without their help and support the lads wouldn't have the opportunity."

  • Road to the Final
  • Round 1
  • Wade Deacon 24-0 Manor Croft
  • Quarter Final
  • St Bernard’s 22- 44 Wade Deacon
  • Semi Final
  • Malet Lambert 10-24 Wade Deacon