Monday, October 30, 2006
So now there are no excuses - if you think your's is a great team get nominating and tell the world!
Completed forms to be returned to Marcus.Crawley@thecomet.net by 1st December.
All good news, not least because these will also be new girls and a new club we've never played against before (though some of you may know some of them from region, possibly) which is always fun.
On a more positive note U14 and U17 county squad members will be pleased to know that we're now sorted for the following weekend (12th November). Hertfordshire will be playing Oxfordshire and Essex (as well as Middlesex, if they can get a team out) at Grove RFC. Kick-off 12.30.
Where, I hear you ask? Tiny village four or five miles south-west of Oxford. Quite a big rugby club though.
U17 Barbarians will be at OAs in St Albans. U14s not in the county squad get a weekend off.
Sunday, October 29, 2006
Relevent categories would include:
- Team of the Year (U17s?)
- Service to Sport (for someone who organises stuff... can't imagine who that might be)
- Coach of the Year (Joe? Rachel?)
- Youth achievement, Girls U18 (Nim? Hayley? Someone else?)
- Against all odds (requires good sob story, some creative writing)
One entry might win, but if the same player or coach or team is nominated by several different people the chances of our getting a winner will be much greater.
So don't wait for someone else to put a nomination in - do it yourself! And - yes - you can nominate yourself if you wish!
The only thing to note is that nominees must live or be based in the Comet's distribution area - so that's Stevenage, Hitchin, Letchworth and Baldock (plus surrounding villages) - which means that our Beds and Suffolk based contingent is out of the running for the individual awards at least. But that does not stop anyone living outside those areas making nominations!
Incidentally there are lots of awards like these at this time of year - so if you spot anything else we might apply for let everyone know.
BTW - hope the medals are okay. They were ordered with appropriate engraving, but turned up on Thursday without - hence the labels as there was no time to get anything done.
Saturday, October 28, 2006
In my two inch thick pile of documents I received last week in my role of Regional Programme Manager was one item that will be of interest to you all, I thought.
Its a list of positions - and the RFUW's opinion of what abilities a person should ideally have to play in that position. Its a bit technical - but as many of the U17s are starting to specialise it may give pointers to where you need to improve your game, and for others - who may be wondering exactly where their ideal place on the field is - it may give a few pointers.
So here goes...
Props (1, 3):-
Second Row (4, 5):-
Blind Side (6) :-
Open Side (7):-
Number 8 :-
Scrum half (9) :-
Fly half (10):-
Centres (12, 13):-
Wingers (11, 14):-
Full backs (15):-
Friday, October 27, 2006
We have been invited to take part in the English International Festival of Rugby which is being played from 13th-16th April (the weekend after easter).
The tournament will take place in Bognor Regis with teams staying at a nearby Butlins Holiday Park. The tournaent has been going for some years, but this year appears to have merged with the Worthing girls' festival and is therefore running competitions for girls teams for the first time.
The wider junior club will be sendnig at least one or two teams (probably the age group that won at the Isle of Wight last year) and have provisionally entered a U14 and U17 girls team.
Some 4,000 players are expected over the weekend, and the girls competition seems to be likley to involve some 24 teams in three groups (so at least seven matches over the weekend).
The cost will be about £134 per person - plus £30 if travelling by coach (which the organisers provide). However, there is a sizable amount of grant support available to us which would potentially reduce the cost pretty significantly. And we have some five months or so to save us as well.
So the question is.... how many of you would be interested in going? Obviously the U17 squad is big enough to still go even if a few could not take part. The U14s would need to look to combine with other clubs, and maybe a county-wide team would be what would be needed here.
So please think about it and let me or Joe or Rachel know what you think asap.
(We are due to be playing Kettering away that weekend, before you ask...)
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
Still, despite waiting around for a rather longer period than expected everyone seemed to have a good time - an dthe county kit looks pretty impressive.
Phil has also started a Flickr account to store his pictures - beginning with shots from Sunday's day-of-days at Rochford and including several more shots from today. Drop by and take a look...
With several players missing through injury or holiday the under 17s traveled to Rochford with their numbers significantly dented. In what now appears to be the norm for Letchworth sides the majority of the U17s arrived at the ground significantly later than other teams and just 12mins before their first game was due to start.
Squad list with Festival shirt numbers
9 Alcock K (C)
10 Parnell (VC)
15 Alcock N
And so with minimal preparation the girls kicked off in their first game against a combined Rochford and Basildon side. The lack of preparation was obvious. The girls lost every scrum and every lineout and hardly created a strong attacking platform. However the girls played percentage rugby and refused to play anywhere near their tryline. The hard work eventually payed of when Hayley crossed early on in the second half to take the score to 5-0. Some outstanding defensive work from the backline meant that Rochford were kept at bay and the girls ground out their first win.
With the late withdrawal of Bodiceas the girls now had time to relax and rest before their next game against Diss. With far more time to prepare in the way they've become used to the girls went into their next game full of confidence and belief in their capabilities. The result told it all. The girls put 4 past Diss with two tries from Hayley one from Nattalie and one from Nim the difference between the teams was obvious for all to see. The girls coming away with a 26-5 win. Special mention to Rosie Randfield who stepped in to play second row and played exceptionally well.
And so came the last game of the group and a game that would decide which team progressed through to the tournamend final. The girls, now realising that if the opposition cant get to their try line then they cant loose, played some wonderfully simple low risk rugby. They kicked out of their own 22 and played all of the game in the Saracens half. The pressure turned into points with Hayley crossing for her 4th and 5th tries of the day and Nattalie crossing for her 2nd. The girls aran out 15 - 5 winners and progressed to the final where Sudbury lay waiting.
Suddenly a switch flicked and the girls began to realise how close they were to winning their first tournament. With the rain now pelting down the squad ran onto the pitch determined not to come away empty handed. The final was a very evenly matched afair but the girls stuck to their game plan refusing to play out of their own half. Again the pressure paid off. A Letchworth won their own scrum 10m out and Katie picked up and scooted throw the defence to score her first of the season. Sudbury came back strong and Letchworth spent most of the second half defending. Three brilliant covering tackles from Nim preventing a very quick winger from out flanking the defensive line. Finally the referee called last play. Letchworth won their scrum and nim smashed the ball into touch.
And so the celebrations began.
Scoring 9 tries in 4 games and only conceding 1 says something for the way in which the squad played. No wonder the girls were so ecstatic with their performance on the day!!!!!
And now for the formalities. Player and Most Improved Player of the tournament. Myself and Mike have discussed these awards and had great difficulty in selecting the players for them.
Both of these were very difficult to award as their were so many brilliant performances. Charlie taking down Sasha not once but twice in the final. Robyn putting in a brilliant performance and realising she is capable of much more. Hayley powerful running from depth continually broke defences. Katies try and captains performance in the final. The platform the forwards provided for quality 1st phase possession for the backs to attack with. The list goes on....
Player of the tournament: Nim Parnell
It says something when a Westcliff coach standing watching the game winces at the sight of the Nim flattening one of the Sudbury girls. Several covering tackles combined with a solid boot and the ability to perform under pressure caught the managements eye.
Most Improved Player of the tournament: Rosie Randfield
Without Rosie voluteering to play second row we would have been without a complete scrum against Diss. Not only did she play second row she looked a natural and has now found her second position. Her speed and enthusiasm for the ball was evident throughout the day. She even found a new role as lineout jumper.
Finally I would like to mention one more member of the team. Sasha playing for her home club and our final opponents, Sudbury, took defeat very gracefully. Our thanks for not being on top form in the final. Much appreciated.
I want to thank all the girls for a brilliant day and I think now you all realise what you can achieve when you work together and put your minds to it.
This is because so many juniors are training (or in the case of the minis playing) in the morning. We should be okay for a 10.30 start for everyone at the next Sunday training in December.
In between the U14 and U17 training I am hoping to organise a presentation for the victorious teams who played at Rochford last weekend as no individual medals were presented at the festival. Medals have been ordered for both the U14s and U17s.
I know a few people will be away but virtually all of the junior club will be around on Sunday so its a great opportunity to demonstrate to everyone what you have achieved.
I am hoping that Dave Roberts will do the honours - but he is with the boys U14s in Royston apparently so I'm not sure when he'll be back. If that is likely to be later than c12.30 we'll get someone else to do it - even if that turns out to be me & Rachel.
In the meanwhile... Joe, where's that festival report of yours? Don't keep us waiting!
Monday, October 23, 2006
The girls all did really well putting in some excellent tackles. Despite initial fears the girls powered to success over Hertford who apparently all had only been playing a few weeks. With one of the tries scored by Vicky! and one near miss when Laura dropped a ball close to the line.
The next game was the match the girls didn't want (we did try to avoid it too) but we faced Welwyn for who we were their fourth opponents in a row!
However after an early try scored, we were level at half time with Hayley converting a Bodecia try. Another try in the second half put us ahead, but Welwyn fought back and were denied a couple of times. So Letchworth hung on to the victory! Final score 12-7! What ever was said after the game by Welwyn we were a mainly Letchworth side and we played a better game on the day and deserved the win. This was a great success for the whole team and boosted spirits. It shows that with determination you can achieve anything you set your mind to.
Here are some pictures that were taken by Natalie's dad. (Thanks)
With one more game against a very old looking team, the day was a success whatever the end result.
I just want to say a very well deserved WELL DONE to all the girls that played and you all put in a fantastic effort and should be proud of yourselves.
Sunday, October 22, 2006
So watch this space....
(I did rescue the U17 results sheet which can maybe go on display at the club. Unless someone wants to frame it?)
Friday, October 20, 2006
Thursday, October 19, 2006
As things stand I am trying to see if we can train at St Chris, which would allow us to train at the usual time (ie. 10.30 to 12.00). And it is rather nice there...
Failing that I think realitically the U17s will have to train from about 12.00/12.30. I know its not ideal and that some cannot make that time, but with all the minis at home with games against Welwyn, plus training for U13s and U16s its going to be (pointless) mayhem if we try to train up to 24 U17s as well.
U14s will train at 10.30 regardless, because they are small group - and Rachel has a match in the afternoon.
Watch this space...
On the positive front we ran Welwyn significantly "closer" than anyone else on the day, apart from the eventual winners. Havant shipped well over 30 points, and Burgess Hill over 50.
So examine this carefully - we meet them again in eight weeks time...
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
The address for the club is: Rochford Hundred Rugby Football Club, The Rugby Park, Magnolia Road, Hawkwell, Essex. SS4 3AD
Some people have had an interesting time finding the ground in the past, so I quote here directly from the Rochford Website:
- Leave M25 at junction 29. Join A127 in direction of Basildon and Southend
- Continue until you reach Rayleigh Weir junction. Take slip road left, A129 towards Rayleigh.
- Stay on this road through Rayleigh town centre, following signs for Hockley.
- At traffic lights at the top of the High Street (Church on left), go straight on.
- Follow the road for 2-3 miles, going straight ahead at three mini roundabouts.
- At next mini roundabout (Spa Public House facing), take left fork.
- Follow the road past the shops, under railway bridge (Greensward Lane), continue past college on right for 1-2 miles, then past Ashingdon Primary school on left, continue on this road towards Ashingdon going up the hill, then on for another 2-3 miles until you reach mini roundabout (shops on your right), turn right at roundabout ( Rectory Road).
- Take the third turning on your right just before the traffic light (Magnolia Road).
- This will become an un-made road continue down for about a half a mile, the club is on your right.
So - no problem!
Tuesday, October 17, 2006
Grants are normally available through district councils. This now includes North Hertfordshire where things have recently changed (Rachel tells me). Despite what it still says on the NHDC website you now need to get an application forms directly from NHDC as the old North Herts District Sports Council is no more.
Anyway it is well worth doing. Honestly. Ask Hayley G.
Monday, October 16, 2006
Meanwhile it was the turn of the U14s yesterday to face the selection process and the great news is that both of our girls who took part got in.
Our most experienced junior Hayley Aldridge ("small Hayley" as she was once known, though that seems no longer applicable being as she is now nearly as big as her namesake!) seems to have been playing for years. Which is mainly because she has, as she joined us in our first season (remember her jumping in the line out at Welwyn?) and at last has the representative call-up she deserves.
At the other end of the experience scale Laura Wennington has not had to wait nearly as long for county call up - weeks to Hayley's years - her efforts at Beckenham, as well as yesterday, catching the eye and ensuring that she will be the youngest member of the county U14 team at Aylesbury on 12th November.
The whole point of the competition is that it is for schools with no real history of playing the game - so the fact that you school does not have a girls team is no bar to taking part. On the contrary it means that the competition is aimed at you!
The plan is to try to at least put together a 7-a-side team from each school to play in a tournament in North Herts in January - but only if enough schools show an interest!! And from what we hear North Hertfordshire school at least have been ... less than enthusiastic so far (schools in Welwyn, on the other hand, are falling over themselves to take part - which is why Welwyn RFC can get so many U14s!).
Every school in North Hertfordshire has been contacted by Herts RFU - and reminders are going out today! So now is the time for asking questions of your PE department what they are doing. And if they say they've never heard of the competiton then, well, suggest they check their in-boxes again.
The same thing should also be happening in schools in Bedfordshire and elsewhere - so have a word there too.
Your teachers will have 100 reasons for sitting on this unless they think it will work. Enthuse them. If you are young enough to play then tell them that you want to take part. If you are a U17 then offer to help out - and speard the word amongst younger girls. You only need for find around ten girls from years 7-9. Look around you - there are hoards of them! How hard could it be?
The national target is for 34 schools to take enter (17 took part in a pilot competition last year), so your school has a 1:17 chance of playing at the most famous rugby stadium in the world. Not bad odds, really...
Thursday, October 12, 2006
This is important - not least because that is where your team-mates will come from in future years.
So - we are turning to you. Look around you. Do you have any sisters, cousins, friends, neighbours, or relations in School Year 9 or below? Hunt around in the cupboards and the attic - there are always a few left lying around somewhere if you look hard enough. Ask yourself - do they perform any useful function - you know, like front row, centre, scum half, etc?
If not then the time has come to change that. On October 29th - that is the Sunday at the end of Half Term and the week after the Rochford festival - we have a Sunday morning training session. That will be the day to bring along any that you kind find (or, if need be, kidnap en route) so that Rachel can turn them into useful members of society.
And we may* even have some sort* of reward for whoever turns up with the most.
Obviously if you find any BEFORE the 29th then bring them along on a Wednesday evening!
*Note your attention is drawn to the disctionary definition of the words "may" and "some sort of".
PS: Rachel asked me to ask you all if any of you could come to training a bit earlier next week (ie at six) so that her girls can have real living breathing things to hit and tackle and side-step and generally compete with. A few of you do already, but if a couple more of you could arrive 30 minutes or so earlier I'm sure the junior girls would appreciate it.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006
On Saturday 3rd February England will face Scotland, who had a very good world cup - coming within touching distance of the semi-finals beford finishing in sixth place overall.
Then on Sunday 11th March its the big one against France in what may well again be the title decider.
In addition England will also host Italy - who replace Spain in the championship this season - at Twickenham on 10th February.
Last season the games at OAs prefaced with displays by Herts U14s (before the game against Wales) and Herts U17s (before the Ireland game). What will happen this year - if anything - has yet to be decided, but its still worth making a date in your diary NOW to see our World Cup heros defend their Six Nations crown.
Tuesday, October 10, 2006
After an eventful drive down I arrived, handed in our team sheet and was given our fixtures only to find we hand just 20 mins to warm up before the first match. With the warm up completed the starting team was announced for our 15-a-side match against Havant.
Letchworth V Havant (15-a-side)
8 Parnell (C)
Full Time Score: Letchworth 10 Havant 0
Tackle of the Match: Randy
Player of the Match: Hayley
Letchworth v Welwyn (13-a-side)
6 Kelly (VC)
Full Time Score: Letchworth 0 Welwyn 20
Tackle of the Match: Nim
Player of the Match: Nikki
Letchworth V Westcliff (12-a-side)
Full Time Score: Letchworth 15 Westcliff 10
Tackle of the Match: Trio Takeout
Nim, Natalie, Skippy
Player of the Match: Sophie, Jess
Well done to all that played a successfull day. Your now starting to win games that you wouldnt have won last year. The Westcliff game was our secong game where we have gone in at half time behind but have come back to win the game. Some brilliant commitment all round
See you all Wednesday
Monday, October 09, 2006
This is a pity as watching professionals play can be a big help - and watching on TV is nothing like seeing a live game.
Turns out that Fern is a Bedford Blues fan and is suggesting that we join her at Bedford's next home game against Leeds Tykes (relegated from the Premiership last season) on Saturday.
As well as being a bit nearer than Watford entry to the ground is FREE for all U16s (or anyone who might reasonably pass for U16 - so that is everyone!), though as I recall you would have to pay if you wanted to sit down in the wooden stand (most people don't). The ground slopes a bit as I recall (a bit like our ground), so you get a good view from the touchline.
And it is a pretty good standard of rugby. Leeds were playing in Europe 12 months ago, and Bedford are currently second in National One - so could well be joining the likes of Saracens etc. next year (always assuming that they do not pass Saracens going in the opposite direction, of course!).
Kick off is 3pm, so we'd probably be wanting to leave Letchworth c1.30ish.
If you are interested please get back to me - it'll be a good afternoon out, unless you have something else planned! And if you do, then maybe we can look to go to a later home game.
We can probably organise transport if need be.
And there could be more yet as there are still a couple of vacancies.
Sunday, October 08, 2006
Well, one of us has...
Although most of our U14s could not travel this weekend to Beckenham, one did. Laura Wennington travelled with the U17 team and - along with two girls from Westcliffe - played for Cramberley - a useful little team which won the National Sevens last season.
After a crash course in playting at hooker (instead of centre!) Laura was thrown into the battle against hosts Beckenham and scored a try as she and her new team-mates ran out 29-10 winners.
With a win in the next game as well, Laura was through to the final where she faced Welwyn... and won 20-5!
So well done Laura!
Hayley sprints away to score. What would we do without her?
Lineouts. Practice has made (almost) perfect
Letchworth 0, Welwyn 20
The picture tells a 1,000 words. Poor handling and tackling in the first half let us down.
But things improve in the second half and, apart from a early try, the Welwyn juggernaut is kept at bay. For once.
Letchworth 15, Westcliffe 10
This was a good way to finish the day - a close game against competitive team who play in the right spirit.
We go behind early on too but stage a great fight back.
But let's not forget the hero of the day...!
...Laura, who showed the U17s that a) how to win a fesival, and b) how to beat Welwyn!
The "unofficial" squad photo
Saturday, October 07, 2006
Hayley sprinting away for the wining try!!!
A reminder that the meet time tomorrow is 8.15 at the club. Lets go and make the long journey worthwhile like last weekend!!!!
Needless to say the quality is not exactly that of the original DVD, added to which it was a bit dark in the first half (the clicking noise is rain falling on the microphone), but even so its very watchable.
Highlights of first half....
- The first Letchworth try (from Hayley) - where does she come from to pick the ball up?
- The first Bucks/MK try - for which the phrase "a comedy of errors" is barely adequate. Count the number of opportunities we squandered to clear our lines
- The almost complete lack of any back moves - and the effectiveness of the few that there were. Consider why this might have been...
Highlights of second half:
- Hayley doing the splits... ouch!
- Hayley's second try minutes later. Say no more.
- Sophie's try - well you don't see it, but the celebrations are good
- The sun is out and there is much more passing etc.
- Competing in the line outs (see how high Nichola gets!) pays off at the end.
What do you all think, now having watched yourselves play?
Tuesday, October 03, 2006
Training tomorrow is an important session as its our only chance to fix things before beckenham on Sunday. Please meet at the club at 6:45 so tht we can be started by 7:00.
Directions to Beckenham have now been posted below and we will meet at the club at 8:15 to have left by 8:30.
As always can you let me know if you cannot attend training or beckenham this weekend. Can you please also let me know if you require a lift.
See you all tomorrow
Play begins at Beckenham at 11am, and we have to be there to register by 10.30. Its about 80 miles (depending on the route taken) and the estimated journey time is just over one and a half hours. Well, that is what the journey planners say. So I suggest - unless you are travelling direct - we meet at the club aiming to depart by 8.30.
For those with SatNav the address of Beckenham RFC is Balmoral Avenue, Beckenham, Kent BR3 3RD.
Various journey planners come up with a variety of routes but experience from previous years suggests the best route is:
- Follow the M25 round to Junction 4
- Turn right onto the A21 following it for about 4 miles until just after Farnborough Common (see above map)
- Turn left onto the A232 towards West Wickham
- In just over three miles you reach West Wickham where you turn right onto the A214 (passing West Wickham railway station)
- After about two miles, just after passing under the railway, turn right into Balmoral Avenue (see map below)
Monday, October 02, 2006
Well Done to all of you in the first game of the season and some of you your first game at Letchworth.
U14s vs Milton Keynes
The U14s had a tough assignment. As they went onto the field it seemed to get noticably darker as the sun disappeared from view. The odd things is that this was was before the thunderstorm and the eclipse of the sun was more due to our girls facing a team that was - on average - a foot taller. And more in some cases.
However with the opposition's heads that much into the clouds our girls could not do anything but tackle round the legs (on the grounds that waists were a bit high to reach) and fought incredibly hard. Okay they lost, but for half the team this was their first match of any sort and they did outstandingly well getting better and better as the game went on, finishing with an excellent try and conversion from Hayley.
Its worth remembering that two years ago on the same pitch the U17s lost by a similar score. And look at them now! As indeed we could as their game was on the next pitch...
A Buckinghamshire U17 XV 19, Letchworth U17s 22
I see that Joe has already done a report, but what the heck. A game like yesterday's deserves to be remembered twice over and anyway it needs pointing out that you weren't just playing Milton Keynes!
Oh no. You were due to play Milton Keynes but you took on what was in effect a Buckinghamshire XV composed of all available U17 players from all of the county's three clubs - Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Chesham.
Anyway its worth repeating that everyone watching said was one of the best games of girls' club rugby they had ever seen. The game was pulled back from 14-5 down to win 22-19, with first-half tries from Sasha and Hayley, and Hayley then scored the winning try by crashing through as usual (see right). But in between was something really special with the third try came from Sophie, awarded player of the match, who'd only been to two training sessions before Sunday.
And well deserved it was too. Having spent the first half watching - and itching to come on - Sophie looked like she been playing for years (though the borrowed shorts were a bit of a giveaway!). Playing on the wing (which probably won't be her position in the long run) she tackled superbly, including a try and match-saving effort just before Hayley's winner.
The hours of line-out practice also came into their own, with clean catch by Nichola setting up the move that lead to the fourth try, and then all the extra height our lifters are achieveing allowing Nichola to steal the ball from an opposition throw to close out the game at the end (see left).
It was an excellent game which everyone on both sides clearly enjoyed, and played (and watched by coaches and parents alike) in the right spirit as well.
Pointers from the game will be discussed on Wednesday but a few from me...
- Dithering around at restarts. Both sides as bad as each other, but the mess we made of their restart after our first try lead directly to their first score. Really we do need to build more confidence in this aspect of the game otherwise some sides will murder us.
- Letting Sasha take in penalties from 5m out is a good idea.... but she does need a bit of help sometimes. She can be pretty daunting on her own, but if two or three of you were bound with her she'd be unstoppable.
- If - early in the game - you get a penalty inside their 22m line and only slightly to the left of the posts one option (instead of running it, or kicking for touch) is to kick for goal. Especially if the wind is behind you.
- If you run clear to score a try near the touchline... keep running and put it down under the posts. Could be worth another two points!
- We still haven't found a full back. Volunteers please form an orderly line on Wednesday.
Sunday, October 01, 2006
7 Parnell (VC)
After a month of preparation and just two injuries we made the trip up to Milton Keynes with possibly a record size squad for our Under 17s. Missing just Emily, Danni and Steph the squad was bolstered by the arrival of Sophie Boorman, who was yet to play a game of rugby, and Charlie Hughes, who has joined us from Bishops Stortford after they folded at the end of last year.
And so we started with the warm up, in what can only be described as very poor weather, the girls took their time to adapt to the slippery conditions. Warm Up completed, a quick jog to the changing room and back saw the girls come sprinting out in their brand new shirts ready to go.
At last it was time. Our season was underway.
The conditions took both sets of backs by surprise with much of the early part of the half being taken up by scrumaging for innocent handling errors from both teams. Hayley powered over mid way through the half to break the deadlock and score our first points of the season but the conversion was missed. Letchworth’s unorganised defence then saw them conceded two tries in quick concession both of which were converted. Letchworth were awarded a penalty 5m giving Sasha the opportunity to force her way over from close range and ground the ball to give us our second of the game. Nim them proceeded to strike a wonderful drop kick that sailed through the middle of the posts and saw us narrow MK’s lead to 2pts. A sustained period of pressure by Letchworth before half time came to nothing and we went in at the break trailing narrowly.
Half Time Score: Letchworth 12 Milton Keynes 14
A slow start to the second half saw Letchworth concede an early try under the posts only for the MK kicker to slice her easiest kick of the afternoon past the left hand post. Suddenly mid way through the second half Letchworth upped the intensity and dug themselves into the MK half creating several opportunities one of which was converted by debutant winger Sophie Boorman. With a new found desire Letchworth worked their way back up towards the MK 22 and finally with 6 minutes still to play Hayley broke through the MK defence to sprint away and touch down for her second and Letchworth’s third. The girls then proceeded to mob Hayley as the conversion was missed leaving Letchworth 3 pts ahead with 5minutes to play. Letchworth then proceeded to play the game of keep ball denying MK of any scoring opportunities and when the MK winger was bundled into touch in her own 22 the game was over and the girls were ecstatic. Good performances all round.
Full time Score: Letchworth 22 Milton Keynes 19
Tackle of the Match: Nim
Towards the end of the first half I looked up to see one of our players putting in such a big tackle that it even made me go ouch!!!!
Player of the Match: Sophie
Just two training sessions. No previous experience of rugby and a try scoring debut!!!!Says it all really
Jess has accumulated the most points towards her Player of the Season total for the period from the start of Pre-Season to the end of October.
Well Done Jess
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