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Six Lancaster players represented the North West in the 2012 Academy Boys Inter-Regional Championship last weekend at Gloucester and Newport.
Six Lancaster players represented the North West in the 2012 Academy Boys Inter-Regional Championship last weekend at Gloucester and Newport.
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SIX Lancaster players represented the North West in the 2012 Academy Boys Inter-Regional Championship last weekend at Gloucester and Newport.

The North West entered two teams, North West Tigers (A team) who Zak Lamb, Josh Barrett, Dean Akister, Jordon Titley and Tom Prayle took part in along with Lancaster coach Zak Sly.

The second team was North West Ravens, who Aaron Mason played for, along with Lancaster coach Gary Ellwood and team manager Paul Mason.

The North West Tigers had a tough weekend ahead of them. The North West Academy team have won this title for the last two years and they had a big challenge ahead of them to regain their title.

They took on two teams on Saturday.

They stared against a strong West Midlands side, and the West Midlands took an early lead but the North West team pushed hard and by the end of the game won 13–8.

Their second game of the day was against Ireland.

This started off better for the North West as they took an early lead and carried this all the way through the game, with North West victorious at 16-5.

On the Sunday the North West took on the South West, thinking that this might be a harder game than the previous day.

The North West worked well as a team and managed to score 19 goals and only concede five.

The last game of the day was against the North East. The North West worked hard but could not find the back of the net.

A couple of easy goals came for the North East and the North West lost their final game.

The North East celebrated their win, but Zak and his other coach knew that they had won the tournament.

North West, North East and West Midlands all finished on equal points as West Midlands beat North East 11–9.

It was all down to goal difference from the Ireland game, with the North West having a clear 11 goal difference to North East and West Midland’s four.

This meant North West Tigers were crowned Academy Inter Regional Champions for the third consecutive year, with West Midlands finishing second and the North East third.