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, May 25, 2009

Letchworth U15s at the National 7s!

With a very novice U15s squad, we had made the decision that it was a season too early to enter our girls in the RFUW National 7s. However, when I received a call from Worcester coach, Keith, on Thursday evening asking if we had 2 or 3 players who would like to play for the Worcester 2 side, it was an opportunity that was too good to pass up. A quick check at training revealed that Ellah, Jade and Sydney were available and raring to go!

Worcester are a very accomplished side and, as they have a very extensive player base, they had entered 2 teams in the U15s competition but needed a little help to complete the second 12 player squad. On arrival at Harpenden, we quickly made contact with Worcester - parking just about next to each other was a big help in this regard! - and the girls were duly introduced to the Worcester squad and kitted out in their match shirts.
After a sort refuelling stop, the girls set forth to do their best for Worcester 2 ....
This was a new experience for the Letchworth trio who had never played at a large tournament like the National 7s before but they all settled in very quickly to play their hearts out for Worcester. All three acquitted themselves well - Syd saw no reason not to continue her try scoring run, Jade took on everyone (and generally won) and Ellah was tireless in pushing home the attack.

The only downside is the habits that impressionable young people may pick up ....

... I can't imagine where she got it from (Eh, Katie? You should see the U18s pictures ...!)

Worcester 2 had a really good day giving the opposition teams a stiff challenge before being eventually eliminated at the Plate quarterfinal stage. Meanwhile, the Worcester 1 side went on to win the RFUW Natonal 7s in a very tight final against our local rivals Welwyn by just a single try.

At the end both Worcester U15s squads celebrated the cup win in the main stand at Harpenden -

Following the tournament, Keith, sent Letchworth girls a message thanking our girls for taking part and saying that they are ... "3 very good players and a credit to Letchworth".

Many, many thanks to Keith and the Worcester girls for giving our Ellah, Jade & Syd a chance to play at the National 7s and for making them so welcome. You are a great example to us all that being inclusive does not have to mean losing the enjoyment of the game or settling for second best.

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