Kirkham 22, Ivybridge Community College 19

First published in Rugby Union Football in Fylde Schools by

Fresh from their triumph in the North of England Sevens at Birkenhead Park the previous week, Kirkham Grammar School won the 61st Fylde National School 7s at the Woodlands on Sunday when 40 schools from all over England took part in another excellent tournament held over two days at the club's Lytham St Annes base.

Once again, the event was sponsored by the Royal Navy and Royal Marines.

The top two seedings met in the final with Kirkham overcoming Ivybridge Community College by 22-19 in a tense final.

Kirkham scored twice to take an early lead only for Ivybridge to strike back.

Shortly into the second-half Kirkham scored again to extend their lead.

Then, in the final moments, Ivybridge scored but the final whistle blew before they could overhaul the Kirkham score.

Manchester Grammar School won the Plate Final by beating Queen Elizabeth High School, Hexham 38-12, while Birkdale School, Sheffield beat Ashville College, Harrogate 14-12 in the Bowl competition.

The player of the tournament, judged by the referees, was Daniel Bibby of Kirkham.

Over 420 young rugby players, plus teachers, parents and other spectators descended on Fylde's Lytham St Annes ground for a great spectacle and showcase of young rugby talent.

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