Bulldogs Girls are crowned champions

Batley Bulldogs Girls celebrate clinching the league title.
Batley Bulldogs Girls celebrate clinching the league title.

Batley Bulldogs Girls clinched the league title after defeating nearest challengers Wigan at Fox’s Biscuits Stadium last Saturday.

Batley set up the showdown after defeating Huddersfield Girls 44-4 in a re-arranged fixture last Thursday.

Despite several players carrying knocks, and Ellie McNamara playing with dislocated fingers, Batley defeated Wigan 32-6 to clinch the title,

Bulldogs Girls coach Craig Taylor said: “I am proud of all the girls. This is a just reward for their hard work throughout the year.

“These girls strive to be better and would train every day if I had the time. They are a real credit to themselves, their families and me.

“I’m sure now we will kick on, go over to Australia and have a real crack at them.”

Wigan took the lead playing downhill as Batley fell behind for the first time this season and trailed 6-4 at half-time.

The Bulldogs took control after the break, scoring 28 unanswered points as forwards Ellie Oldroyd, Georgia Halliley and Lily Clark produced excellent displays.

Top tackler Maddison Laverick scored a hat-trick, opposition player of the match Casey Rhodes and Lea Dixon added a brace each, with Becky Johnson kicking two goals.

Jordan Catlin came off the bench to scoop parents player of the match with support from Kiara Dilnot.

Wingers Holly Barnard and Emma Willans were solid in defence, along with Millie Taylor, Charlotte Graham and Leah Markham-Smith, in only her second game.

Evie Kilburn also had an excellent game and was named player of the match and players player.

Having clinched the title, the Bulldogs Girls then defeated Whitley Bay 34-12 in another full game.

The Bulldogs Girls Under-13s defeated Whitley Bay 64-28 with opponents player of the match Izzy Bibby, players player Codie Slack, top tackler Amani Neagal and Ellie Frain outstanding.