TWO girls from the Bradford area, Pippa Curley and Hannah Markey, shone for Yorkshire in an under-15 rugby union festival at Woodhouse Grove School.

Despite some difficult weather conditions, the annual triangular event - which included 10-a-side and 15-a-side games and also featured Lancashire and Cheshire - went ahead on the 3G pitch.

It was a significant occasion for Hannah, who became the first junior girl from Bradford Salem to represent the county. She follows in the footsteps of her elder brother Ben, who has represented the White Rose under-17s.

Her strong ball-carrying runs caught the eye, with Yorkshire under-15s manager Michelle Clark saying: "She's done outstanding as Bradford Salem don't have a full team yet, so for her to get into Yorkshire is a real big deal."

Whitcliffe Mount School pupil Pippa, who plays for Cleckheaton, was also one of the standout performers for Yorkshire, playing at scrum half and scoring two tries, with her speed catching the eye.

Cleckheaton had another player representing the county in Scarlet Hartley but her festival unfortunately ended prematurely after she was injured in the first game.

Cheshire and Lancashire provided a stern test for Yorkshire, especially in the 10s section.

The White Rose came out stronger in the afternoon 15-a-side games to outscore both their opponents.

Manager Clark added: “ The standard of the rugby was outstanding, all the girls played with such passion and totally enjoyed the day."

Following the success of the event, Cheshire and Lancashire are due to host corresponding festivals in the coming weeks.