Liverpool Lions rugby league team enjoy a debut season to remember
At a Merseyside school training that produced such soccer stars as Wayne Rooney, Francis Jeffers, Mick Lyons, John McGreal and James Wallace, a sports club who play a different ball game altogether has enjoyed a history making debut season to remember.
In their first-ever campaign, the De La Salle High School-based Liverpool Lions rugby league side roared loudest when they had to win their final match of the season at Blackpool Scorpions to lift the prestigious North West Divisional Championship title.It is the first time a junior rugby league club from the city has captured such a piece of silverware.
Coach Nick Moon told Junior XSport that they made a great start and raced into a 16-0 lead. Blackpool came back at them, but they were never behind in the game, which they eventually won 28-22. The team finished up with 15 wins from 16 games to take the title by a 2 pint margin. They only defeat came at the hands of the Scorpions earlier in the year.
This meant, that in order to finish as champions, they had to win at the ground of our main rival. In the end it was quite an achievement and everyone deserves a great deal of credit.
Coach Moon explained that the club plays summer rugby, the team is made up of Liverpool lads who play rugby league in school and others from local rugby union clubs. They are delighted with their first piece of silverware and they hope that teams in the other age groups will now be able to emulate this success. They would like thank coaches Geoff Jackson and Anthony McMullin who worked hard with the lads all season.