Warriors are wheely great!

Leyland Warriors wheelchair team who were crowned national champions in Bradford
Leyland Warriors wheelchair team who were crowned national champions in Bradford
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Leyland Warriors have been crowned national champions after winning the Wheelchair Rugby League Grand Final in Bradford.

Indeed, their success on Sunday means they have gone the entire season undefeated.

Three teams faced off in the Grand Final and in the first game of the day, Halifax beat Mersey Storm.

Warriors’ first match was against Mersey and they trounced their rivals 80-16 with tries from Martin Norris (5) and Chris Greenhalgh (5), Jack Heggie (3) and Adam Rigby, with the latter in deadly form from the tee too.

That result set up a winner-takes-all clash with Halifax and the side produced a thriller, before Leyland emerged
60-46 victors.

This time the tries were scored by Greenhalgh (3), Rigby (2), Norris (4) and Heggie (2, with Phil Roberts adding the conversions.

Leyland Warriors Under-15s were 20-4 winners at home to Latchford Albion 20-4.

Warriors held a slight edge in the opening half, with a powerful Doug McDonald try converted by James O’Neill giving them a 6-4 lead at the break.

After the interval, tries by Corey Dixon and Ryan Chapman sealed the win, along with two O’Neill conversions and a Nathan Burns penalty.

Warriors Under-11s recorded a 40-14 success against derby rivals Chorley Panthers.

Leyland scored two early tries by Hague, after good work from Storey and Watson, followed by a Cooper try. Hague and Watson added the extras.

Chorley pulled a try back before Hague and Cooper both went over again, and with J Parkinson and Hill adding the extras, Leyland had a commanding 24-6 half-time lead.

The second half was a much tighter contest with both teams adding three tries each.

Warriors’ scorers were Hague, completing his hat-trick, Schofield – against his old club – and Hill. Cooper and Smith converted once each.

Warriors Under-10s had a first half to forget at Golborne Parkside in their first action back after the summer break which cost them the game.

Most improved player Harvey Benson at least pulled off several try-saving tackles.

And star man George Talbot made some rampaging runs gaining good ground to lift Warriors, and this led to James Broadfield powering through for a great solo try.

After a much-need half-time pep talk, Leyland upped their game.

Benson and Daniel Rimmer scored tries to make the scoreline at least respectable as the game ended 42-14 to Golborne.

Warriors Under-9s knew their first game back at Chorley Panthers, who have moved down from the top division, would be tough.

And so it proved as they fell to a 32-8 defeat at the hands of their local rivals.

Leyland’s two tries came in the second half and were scored by Jack Tootell and Ali Randall on his debut.

It was a frustrating weekend for Warriors’ men’s open-age team as their opponents East Manchester failed to raise a side and conceded the game 24-0 before kick off.

With two matches left, Warriors remain top of Division Four and while picking up points is a bonus, they will be hoping to actually host Rylands Sharks on Saturday.