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Your News Kirkham retain Kukri North of England Schools Sevens

Kirkham Grammar School carried off the Bowring Trophy for the second successive year when they beat Hymers College from Hull after extra time to win the Kukri North of England Schools Invitation Sevens at Birkenhead Park RFC yesterday (Sunday, March 8).

The 21st anniversary of the competition enjoyed a thrilling climax, with the finalists level at 17-17 at the end of normal time and the holders retaining the trophy with a sudden-death score to win 22-17.

"We were fortunate with the weather, we had an excellent entry and some superb, exciting Rugby," said one of the prime movers of the competition since its inception, Graeme Marrs: "The speed and energy of the finalists was quite breathtaking and all the teams involved deserved applause for the calibre of the Rugby they produced.

"We were hoping our 21st birthday would provide a fitting occasion and we were not disappointed."

RFU Senior Vice-President John Owen presented the Bowring Trophy to Kirkham and Col John Williams MC from the Army presented the Boodle & Dunthorne Salver to Plate winners Barnard Castle.

Graeme Marrs, who received a Services to Schools Rugby Award from RFSU President Eric Blackman at a dinner on the eve of the tournament, presented the Gerald L Finch Player of the Tournament trophy to Tommy Banks of Kirkham.

Results:

Bowring Trophy - Final: Kirkham 22 Hymers Coll 17 (aet); Semi-finals: Kirkham 31 Lymm HS 5m Hymers Coll 26 Ampleforth 5. Quarter-finals: Kirkham 28 Wilmslow HS 22, Lymm 34 Wirral 0, Ampleforth 33 St Ambrose Coll 12, Hymers 31 Ellesmere Coll 10. Boodle & Dunthorne Salver - Final: Barnard Castle 26 Trent Coll 0. Semi-finals: Barnard Castle 21 Ryshworth School 19, Trent Coll 17 Durham School 5.

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