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...

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Life after Letch

Carla was the first of last season's "Letchworth graduates" to make their adult debut this season when she turned out for Hitchin in a friendly at Hertford today.

Looking very trim and fit in the unfamiliar red of Hitchin, Carla was also playing in a very unfamiliar position - full-back - a slight change after five years of playing mainly hooker and second row. She even got the game started, kicking off as Hitchin presumably aimed to use the kicking skills that Carala had been unable to use through most of her Letchworth career (first season excepted).

Hertford are a division above Hitchin, and it rather showed for most of the game - Hitchin very hesitant and lacking in confidence (I dread to think what one of two former Letchworth coaches would have said!) and at times Carla looked a bit unsure about where she should be. An elbow in the eye didn't help matters for the former Legend (she gave up her kicking duties after that), but in the second half her team mates began to play a little better and Carla even got in a few runs. Her uncompromising tackling style was also on show, and it was that which brought her game to a premature end with the familiar shoulder injury about 10 minutes before the end.

Elle was also there to watch - a training injury putting her on the sidelines - while Hayley, just back from her summer in Lincolnshire, was unable to make it. Hopefully both will be on the field again soon.

*If anyone has any news of the rugby activities of any other former Legends please let me know!

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