Hodgson leads quartet’s charge to the national finals

Doncaster bound: The four Lancashire Schools winners'(left to right) Rebecca Hodgson, Tom Ruston, Ben Hynes, Tom Hynes
Doncaster bound: The four Lancashire Schools winners'(left to right) Rebecca Hodgson, Tom Ruston, Ben Hynes, Tom Hynes
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SATURDAY saw Garstang junior players in action at the Lancashire Butterfly Schools Individual Championships at Blackburn, and what a great day it was.

Firstly, Rebecca Hodgson, competing in the Under-19 Girls’, overcame Felicity Pickard and Amy Wells to claim her place in the National Championships.

She was soon followed by Tom Ruston, winner in the Primary School Boys event. Sadly, both semi-finals in the event were contested by Garstang players, which meant three had to miss out.

Tom defeated Owen Bendall in the first semi, while in the other half of the draw Tommy Kennedy beat team-mate Ben Keay. The final saw a 3-0 win for Tom, and his place booked alongside Rebecca at Doncaster on April 21.

The afternoon saw more Garstang players join them, as Ben Hynes won the Under-13 Boys’, defeating Nathan Beamer in the final, and then brother Tom was victorious in the Under-16 Boys’, defeating Jack Ellison in a tense final.

So four Garstang players will be making the trip to Doncaster in April to take on the best in the country.

In the Lancaster & Morecambe League Division One, Garstang B kept on track for promotion with another maximum points win, this time 30-5 over University C.

Garstang C took on St Lukes D and emerged 29-11 winners, captain Andrew Williams and Stuart Southward winning three each, Kelly Southward taking two. The D team were in action twice. First, they took on University D and emerged 23-14 winners, Thomas Gorst and Joseph Peat winning three each, captain Kevin Aughton added a further win to make up the points.

Later in the week, they faced tougher opposition, taking on top-side Trimpell Dragons, and the difference in class showed as they took a battering 30-2.

In the Premier Division, Garstang A suffered a 20-15 defeat at the hands of Trimpell City. Luke McGrath recorded two wins, Rebecca Hodgson and Rebecca McGrath added one each.