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Yorkshire win County of Origin Match with a golden point

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The Xamax sponsored Women’s Rugby League Association County of Origin match finally took place today, 14 February, with Lancashire playing Yorkshire at the John Charles Stadium in Hunslet.

Since the match had already been postponed once because of water-logged pitch it was a relief for both players and organisers to get this underway, despite the freezing temperatures and blizzard.

And it was Yorkshire who got the first points on the board when Kelsey Gentles (East Leeds) touched down to put the white roses in the lead. Shortly afterwards the Yorkshire captain, Debbie Smith  (Oulton Raidettes), added another try and extended Yorkshire’s lead, making the score 8-0.

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With just five minutes left of the first half Jess Hopkins crossed the whitewash to give Lancashire their first points and take the score to 8-4 (in Yorkshire’s favour) at half time.

Despite the low scoring game both teams were giving their all in very difficult conditions battling both the elements and opponents and thoroughly enjoying the occasion and doing their county’s proud.

To make the competition even more interesting Leah Day, full back for Lancashire, leveled the scores, drawing her side back into contention.

Moments before full time Yorkshire’s Amy Ratcliffe thought she was in to win the game, only for Lancashire shove her into touch just before the line.

With the score at 8-8 the referee blew for full time, signalling that the fate of this game would lie with a golden point.  Tension increased amongst players and spectators alike.

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Laura Norcliffe (Photo: Ainsley Bennett)

The winner was to come out of nothing, with nine minutes of extra time played, Yorkshire kicked, Lancashire knocked on and Yorkshire’s Amy Gilbert (Lindley Swifts) was on hand to take advantage as she scooped up the ball and scored the winning try for Yorkshire – heartbreak for the Lancashire girls and sheer delight for Yorkshire.

This was game 5 of the County of Origin series and puts Yorkshire ahead with 3 wins to Lancashire’s 2.

Player of the Match was awarded to Laura Norcliffe of Yorkshire.


The Lancashire Squad

Jade Ward                               Wigan St Judes

Nataliina Romano                  Hull Wyke

Holly Hilton                            Lindley Swifts

Michelle Woodcock               Wigan St Judes (Vice Captain)

Olivia Miah                             Wigan St Judes

Zoe Goate                                Liverpool University

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Natasha Dawson                    Liverpool University

Becky Greenfield                   Wigan St Judes

Chloe Hammond                    Wigan St Judes

Katie Stevens                          Lindley Swifts

Abileigh Capener                   Wigan St Judes

Armani Sharrock                   Wigan St Judes (Captain)

Jess Hopkins                          Huddersfield St Josephs

Megan Condliffe                    Wigan St Judes

Laura Outten                           Liverpool University

Emma Dobson                        Wigan St Judes

Katie Philbin                           Wigan St Judes

Laura Bent                               Wigan St Judes

Eve Watton                              Liverpool University

Jasmine Ledger                      Wigan St Judes

Injury reserves

Candice Brennan                     Wigan St Judes

Charlotte Pyke                         Wigan St Judes

Jess Shaw                                  Wigan St Judes

Hannah Young                         Wigan St Judes

The Yorkshire Squad

Debbie Smith                            Oulton Raidettes

Reagan Walker                         Oulton Raidettes

Nat Thompson                         Hull Wyke

Jasmine Earnshaw                   Lindley Swifts

Katie Langan                             York

Lucy Wood                                 Huddersfield St Joes

Kelsey Gentles                          East Leeds

Tracey Addey                             Oulton Raidettes

Ruby Adkins                              Hull Wyke

Paige Stevens                              York

Kirsty Duffield                           East Leeds

Laura Pullen                               East Leeds

Amy Gilbert                                 Lindley Swifts

Beth Neilson                               Huddersfield St Joes

Tanya Hannam                          Hull Wyke

Gemma Fordham                      Odsal Sedbergh

Bethan Oates                              Thornhill Trojans

Laura Norcliffe                           Lindley Swifts

Amy Ratcliffe                               Thornhill Trojans

Beth Greenwood                         Odsal Sedberg