WILLIAMWOOD high school’s rugby league team were left devastated after losing a close cup final against Greenwood Academy.
Both under 15 sides knew they were in for a fight, with the last two encounters ending in nail-biting fashion, with Williamwood winning one, and the other a draw.
However, with it all to play for in the John Risman Cup final, three first half tries were too much for the East Renfrewshire side.
Thomas Brown put Williamwood on the scoreboard to make the half-time score 14-4.
Williamwood returned to the field re-invigorated, turning over Greenwood in their first possession.
The southsiders then edged closer to Greenwood when Cameron Graham scored (converted by Thomas Brown).
The Ayrshire team added another through Calum Cook but Williamwood would not lie down and Cameron Graham scored a second.
With seconds left, in a nail-biting end to the match, Williamwood had a chance to win after some strong winning found them within 20 metres of the opposition line.
But the ball was lost in the final whistle and it was agony for the southsiders in an 18-14 loss.
It was not a season without success however.
As well as their run to the final, Williamwood star Sean Smith was nominated for East Renfrewshire councils outstanding achievement award.
The school nominated Sean following a number of achievements including winning representative honours with Scotland under 15’s.
This was followed by Sean receiving the national youth league u15’s player of the year award for his efforts while playing for Victoria Knights.
Sean has now been selected for the West of Scotland Player Development Centre which is the first step on the Rugby League performance pathway.
Player Development Centre head coach Jamie Seery commented:
“Over the last two years Sean has worked hard to progress and develop as a Rugby league player which has seen him achieve many things.
“It is great to see the work Sean puts into Rugby League is paying off, which is not only being recognised by Scotland Rugby League but also by Williamwood High and East Renfrewshire council”.