Formed 2004 ... Herts 7s U14 Runners-up 2005 ... North Herts U14 team, Herts Youth Games 2005 runners-up (coached by Letchworth)... Herts Superteams U14 Runners-up 2005 ... Herts SuperTeams "Fairplay" winners 2006 ... Rochford 10s U17 Champions 2006 ... East Midlands 10s U17 Runners-up 2007 ... East Midlands 10s U17 "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... National 10s U17 5th place and "Fairplay" winners 2007 ... Herts 7s U17 Plate runners-up 2007 ... National 7s U17 Plate winners 2007 ... RFU "President's XV" Award winners 2007 ... Herts Superteams winners 2007 ... Midlands 10s U18 Runners-up 2008 ... National 10s U18 4th place 2008 ... North Herts U11 team, Herts Youth Games 2008 runners-up (coached by Letchworth girls) ... London and SE 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2008 ... Herts 7s U18s runners-up 2008 ... National 7s U18s quarter-finalists 2008 ... Gloucester City 10s U18 Bowl runner-up (6th) 2009 ... Worthing 10s U18 Plate runner-up 2009 ... National 7s U18 Plate winners 2009... Worthing 10s U15 Plate winners 2010... Worthing 10s U18 Shield winners 2010... Herts 7s U15 and U18 Bowl runners-up 2010... National 7s U18 Plate runners-up 2010...

Monday, March 16, 2009

East triumphant

The Swaffham blog reports that Jess and Sasha returned home with winners medals last night, East U18 beating South 15-3 in the final. This is the first East win since (I think) 2004 or 2005 (someone could correct me on that). 

Simon Shutler reports that "the U18’s on Sunday played some fantastic rugby also with huge performances from the Hertfordshire contingent. Scores were 7:0 against Ospreys and South East in the pool. 19:5 against South West South in the semi and 15:3 against South in the final. So only one try conceded and a huge defensive display by the girls who were put under considerable pressure by all the very good teams we played."

The U15s did almost as well, and could at least claim to be the best in England, after losing narrowly in the final to Cardiff Blues - one of the new Welsh regions and another sign of the massive growth in strength of Welsh women's and girls' rugby. Shame that cross border rugby is made so difficult sometimes.

Thank you to Kevan Gattlin for the photographs.

Incidentally, having seen both the senior and junior teams, I seriously doubt whether the seniors are a stronger team than the U18s - certainly not as much as we were assured they were back in December. One or two physically larger players (such as a prop that sent Hayley flying through the air during the pre-match warm-up!), but on sheer skill (and speed) I reckon I'd go for the U18s every time. One reason is that while the U18 regional teams contain the best U18s in that region, but this is clearly not the case for the adult teams. Too many adults do not see the point of the adult regional programme, and I'd have to agree with them.

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