Hillsborough Hawks Under-13s promoted for third year running

Alex Coates crashes through the Headingley defence
Alex Coates crashes through the Headingley defence
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Sheffield Hillsborough Hawks have been crowned Under-13 Division Three champions.

It was their third promotion in as many years and their first league title.

They clinched it with a 38-26 win over Headingley Hawks at Niagara.

Yet it wasn’t a foregone conclusion as Hawks had to battle their way back from 18-0 down after only 10 minutes.

In Hawks’ first real attack, Tyler Hutchinson burst through to score a try that was converted by Corey Hall, only for Headingley to hit back with a further, unconverted, try to move 22-6 ahead.

Hutchinson crossed again in the last minute of the half and, although the conversion was missed, Hawks were thrown a lifeline and were within 10 points going into the second half. And, buoyed by a growing belief and momentum, Hawks stormed forward.

Alex Coates was held up after crossing the line but it was only a matter of time before the pressure paid off and when the big powerful forward made it over the whitewash soon after, it served to open the floodgates.

Sheffield then ran in a further two tries, both courtesy of Hall, in a devastating five-minute spell that saw them score 18 unanswered points of their own.

Headingley briefly rallied, four points pulling the scoreline back to 28-26 but Hawks were in no mood to let the game get away from them and scores from Ethan Ward and Dylan Myers-Gowling saw them home for a famous victory.