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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Basford are no more... welcome back Rochford

News from Essex where the county's only(?) - certainly biggest - team have now reformed as Rochford Girls.

When we started South Essex boasted three girls teams - Basildon, Westcliff and Rochford. We worked quite closely with Rochford in our first season - they even helped out our U17s (as they then were) when we entered the National Sevens for the first time and also developed a very friendly rivalry with Westcliff. However, the three separate teams gradually came together to form a very powerful (if "unofficial") cluster which became known as "Basford" - so powerful, in fact, that the cluster and the county team became virtually identical!

We had a number of memorable battles with the Basford cluster - sometimes coming out on top (as at the National Sevens in 2007), sometimes being slightly less successful (such as the National Sevens in 2008!) - but apparently the end of last season saw the departure of most of the Basildon girls in the cluster as a result of which the team has now moved completely over to Rochford.

Fixtures against Rochford are planned for later in the season.

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