7th June 2018, 16:43 | champion_schools
Coach: James Endersby
Squad: Daisy Behan, Ruby McGrath, Marissa Carroll, Nicole Carroll, Blessing Ekuatian-Dundo, Honey Hardcastle, Kirby Graham, Grace Simpson, Chevelle Clarke, Philomena Chege, Mollie Thompson, Demi-Leigh Abbott, Kiera Gittins.
Links with local primary schools, plus a very good relationship with the Leeds Rhinos Foundation and the Rhinos Women's team, has done much to propel the Corpus Christi Year 7 Girls team to this year's Champion Schools Final.
"They have come a long way since September," said coach James Endersby. "They had done a bit of rugby in primary school and were obviously keen to play in Year 7.
"When we first started there were just two players who played outside the school at East Leeds.
"Since the girls have got together the majority of the team now play for the East Leeds girls' team. So they are training outside school as well as in school."
James is keen to acknowledge the help and support from Lois Forsell, the Leeds Rhinos Women's captain.
"The Rhinos Foundation has been fantastic in supporting us and Lois has done a great job. The girls have played in contact competitions and touch competitions to develop their skills.
"They have been a very good year group. Nationally, not enough girls play sport so to have this cohort come through is great.
"This is where friendships develop and their attitude and attendance at training is fantastic. Obviously they're developing their skills as well.
"They are very tough defensively and are good at tackling."
Among those who have shone during their run to the final include Demi-Leigh Abbott, a quick outside back, and a tackling machine who runs the ball really strongly.
Blessing Ekuatian-Dundo is a big, powerful forward who scores a lot of the team's tries and experience comes in the shape of hooker and captain Keira Gittins - an intelligent player who is good with the ball.
James acknowledges the help he's had from fellow PE teacher Tom Wandless with the training sessions.
"We've also had the full support of our Head Teacher Steve Mort," he added. "He came to watch them in the Yorkshire Cup final."