Birkdale boys tee-up for final

Swing while you’re winning and that’s certainly true for Birkdale’s Senior School golf team.

James Gregg, William Tickell and Joshua Conlan booked a place in the Independent Schools Golf Association’s National Finals after their victory over Birkenhead High in their North West Area Final at Hallamshire Golf Club.

Skipper James beat a scratch golfer 6&4; Will, after a tight start, stretched away to win 5&4 and then Josh marked his debut with success on the final green.

lA squad of 15 boys from Y10 went on a three-day football tour to Newcastle, which included a guided tour of Newcastle United’s ground. Birkdale opened with an 8-4 victory over Newcastle School for Boys but then lost 5-3 to RGS Newcastle. They found themselves two down after 10 minutes in their final match against Kings School Tynemouth but hit back to lead 3-2 only to concede four goals in the closing minutes.

The squad: A Kular, Reece Johal, J Parmar, D Jenkinson, D Cleveland, R Gardiner, O Bartvedt-Payne, Rohan Johal, J Sherratt, D Brunt, C Horscraft, D Natarajan, C Doyle, H Singleton, W Hinchsliffe.