Despite a disappointing number of schools and colleges taking part, the Kukri Fylde National Schools & Colleges 7s Tournament was once more a successful two day event held at the Woodlands, the 67th continuous year of the competition.
In a tense final, Kirkham Grammar School overcame previous winner Filton College in a narrow 21-19 victory to reclaim the G W Parkes Trophy for the first time since 2009.
The Plate Final resulted in a 17-0 victory for Whitchurch School against Austin Friars.
Finally, another local success saw AKS beat Birkdale School by 31-12 to claim the Bowl Final.
The following report has been produced by KGS:
Kirkham Grammar School 1st Seven had reached the final of the Fylde National 7's for the last three years losing to Filton College (Bristol Academy) in each of those finals.
The 2015 side were attempting to reach their sixth final in five weeks and had recently won the North of England Schools Sevens title, and were confident of doing well again at Fylde. This proved to be the case as they defeated Radyr School (Cardiff) 33-0, Austin Friars School 45-5, Dame Allen's School 36-5 Whitchurch HS (Cardiff) 21-12 and KGS 2nd Seven 53-5 in the early rounds. Leading the way were points machines Tom Carleton and James Maddrell who scored numerous tries and were well supported by half backs Connor Wilkinson and Connor Dever. Kirkham were now in a strong position to go through the group stages after the first day of competition.
They maintained their progress on the second day with further wins over AKS Lytham 22-12 and Birkdale 59-0 to set up a final Filton College once again. This time however it was clear from the start that the KGS boys were in no mood to lose again and they scored an early try from James Maddrell which gave them a 7-0 lead. Filton came storming back with a try of their own but crucially missed the conversion. KGS then defended magnificently for a long period and with captain Connor Wilkinson making a huge tackle turning Filton over allowing Tom Carleton to escape and score a further try and gain a 14-5 half time lead. Although Filton reduced the lead to 14-12, KGS again raised their game with another Maddrell try which was converted by Wilkinson. Although Filton responded again it was too late as KGS claimed the G.W. Parkes Trophy for the fourth time - 2001, 2008, 2009 & now 2015.
The full set of results is attached below.
Click here for Chris Farrows superb collection of photographs.
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