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...

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Congrats to OA Saints

A word of congratulations (if a week or two late, as I only just found out) to the OA Saints team who have been promoted to the RFUW's Premiership - the highest league for women's teams - which means that they will join teams like Saracens, Richmond, Northumbria etc. at the top of the women's club rugby pyramid.

Their elevation is all the more remarkable because no-one was suppose to be promoted or relegated this season,  due to the World Cup taking away so many players from the top clubs. However, after they had won the Southern Championship and then the North/South play-off, one of the existing Premiership teams pulled out of next season's league, and so OAs were invited to take their place.

There are only about a dozen teams in the Premiership, so to have two from Hertfordshire (or - to be pedantic - just over the border in Saracen's case) is pretty amazing. The games between Saracens and OAs also promise to be lively affairs next season, bringing together and reuniting some significant personal rivalries from junior rugby days.

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