Rugby League

Record-Breaking Win For Army Women's Rugby League Team

The Army women thrashed Super League side York City Knights to win the Challenge Shield Final.

The Army women's rugby league team have made history by becoming the first military team to win a domestic title in the game.

They beat Super League side York City Knights 40-4 to win the Challenge Shield Final at Castleford Tigers' The Jungle stadium.

In an impressive performance, the Army ran in nine tries, including a hattrick from Abbie Eatock. 

First-half tries from Carrie Roberts, Sarah Mitchelson, Kaiya Glyn and a double from Eatock gave the Army a 24-0 lead at the break, leaving the Knights facing an uphill battle.

The Army were slow out of the blocks in the second half - Mitchelson went down with an injury and Eatock was sent to the sin bin after reacting angrily to a tackle. 

York took advantage with Sam Boyes scoring their only try in what proved to be a dismal afternoon for the Super League side. 

Eatock, back on the pitch after her sin bin, scored a sublime solo try to complete her hattrick with her electric pace proving too hot for York's defence to handle.

The two teams walk out at Castleford Tiger's stadium The Jungle.
The two teams walk out at Castleford Tigers' stadium, 'The Jungle'.

The Army then ran in three more tries. 

Carrie Roberts' try was followed up by two from Jess McCauley to round off a historic night for Armed Forces sport. 

Speaking after lifting the trophy, Captain  Emily White told Forces News: "We've been so hungry for this.

"Everybody works so hard... all the girls on the bench or [those who] didn't get selected for the team, they're all part of the squad and they've helped us get to this point.

"Everyone has been amazing this whole season."