Here is a report from Amy Lovell of the newly form Towcestrian Roses Ladies Rugby Section
Towcestrians Ladies Rugby Team have made history! This is the first time they’ve developed a ladies team. They are currently playing friendlies in order to enter a league. Since starting in the summer 2016, they have come on leaps and bounds, in the last fortnight playing in two friendlies!
On 26/2 they took on Royston away, winning 50-10 after 80 minutes. Their very first game as a team! The game was full of hard tackles, clear & precise passes and great communication. A few knocks here and there and a couple of tries conceded did not dishearten the ladies. They kept heads up and battled on. Scoring more tries & kicking points over the posts!
Both the backs and the forwards making masses of ground, using the width of the pitch to create try scoring opportunities. The ladies worked together fantastically as a team and looked and performed as if they’d been a team for a lot longer than 7 months. This was a great start to their set of friendly matches and a great moral booster!
On 6/3 at a rather muddy, wet and windy Tows, the ladies took on Old Northamptonians. A tester for the starting 15 on their second outing as team, the first time at home and an ONs team who have been formed for a while, play in a league and have a number of County players! With a large crowd gathered in support for the ladies, on a game day making history, it was a proud moment for players wearing the Rose and families looking on.
For 60 minutes the score remained at 0-0. It showed how strong the Tows’ defence was, with ONs pushing hard.
Tows had a questionable try disallowed at the end of the first half. Heads still high and Tows were proud to be level at half time. With the conditions very heavy and legs becoming tired, ONs broke through just after 60 minutes to score a try. Tows regrouped and kept their defensive line strong. But with tired legs and ONs bringing on a number of experienced players, Tows began to notice the pressure and two further tries were scored under the posts. Not once did heads dip. Tows had over 100 supporters there to cheer them on, so they fought well right to the end. 19-0 didn’t reflect the game at all at full time. Tows ladies should be proud as they fought hard and played fantastically as a team against a strong side under tough conditions. READ MORE
Following the game 6 of our squad were selected for County trials! And guess what?? Shelley Davey (Hooker) and Vicky Kilmister (Prop) have both been selected for the full squad and Amy Lovell (Centre) and Kelly Harry 9Stand-off, Full back) have been selected for the Development Squad!!!!
Well done ladies, we are all proud of you!
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