School side is on the ball in competition

Whitley Bay High School's Year 9 Boys' Rugby League team.

Whitley Bay High School's Year 9 Boys' Rugby League team.

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There could be trying times ahead for a school rugby team after reaching the quarter finals of a national competition.

Whitley Bay High School’s Year 9 boys’ rugby league team has made it through to the knock-out stages in the RFL Champion Schools competition.

The youngsters demolished local opponents in the county round, before defeating two teams south of the river – Whitburn Academy and the Venerable Bede Academy – in the North East heats at Kingston Park.

Now they will face the third-seeded team from Yorkshire in a match at Sheffield Hallam University on January 28.

Coach Carl Cockburn said: “I’m incredibly proud of everything the boys have achieved.

“They’ve worked really hard to get where they are and they’ve put in some barnstorming performances.”