Irish clinch top spot with away day success

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Westgate Wolves 26

Halifax Irish 36

(Championship)

Anthony Irvine’s side clinched the Championship title in Wakefield in a tough encounter against Westgate.

It’s been a fantastic season for the Irish and credit must go to Irvine and Andrew Brocklehurst, who have been involved with the club for 10 seasons.

They have taken them back to the top flight, a place in the Pennine Presidents cup final, Championship Final and the Handicap cup final.

Once again Martyn Silcox was outstanding for the visitors, the full back scythed open the defence on numerous occasions and although he didn’t get over the whitewash he had a hand in setting up several tries as well as adding four conversions.

Pete Howard and Brocklehurst also impressed and set the platform for victory with some punishing defensive hits and powerful running throughout.

Chris Norman has had a week to remember, the former Halifax RLFC centre celebrated the birth of his son, Casey Joe, with a brace of tries and a typical display of line breaking bursts.

His centre partner, Chris Moran, also chipped in with an eye catching performance and matched Norman’s feat with a couple of spectacular long range efforts.

The Wolves did cause problems for the Irish defence and their hard work and gutsy performance kept them in touching distance throughout although the Irish never really looked like losing.

Michael Reed had given his side a great start with a nice finish to put his side in front and the Irish were never behind as they sealed victory with further late tries from the impressive half back Sean Dyson and that man Brocklehurst.