London Welsh U15s Girls debut in National Cup game
On Sunday 17th October, the U15s Girls ran out for London Welsh for their first ever game of full-contact XVs – starting strong in their rugby careers with a National Cup game. London Welsh U15s are the only girls’ team from Middlesex to have qualified for the competition, which is contested by 64 clubs.
Co-Captains Martha and Georgie led the team out onto the pitch against Fullerians U15s to play in front of a full crowd of supporters from both clubs. In a tough game, the girls were able to demonstrate some of their strong tackling skills and consistently held a secure defensive line against the opposition. The players impressed the spectating crowds with robust competitive scrums, clean line-out throw-ins and some excellent ball-carries - covering vast distances from the 5-metre line to the opposition 22. After planting some sharp, accurate kicks off the whistle, the girls frequently took possession of the ball to showcase their handling skills and send clear-cut passes down their attacking line.
Fullerians U15s came out fighting and walked away with a win. Despite the significant lead gained by Fullerians, the London Welsh girls played with grit and tenacity, asserting their place on the field, and requesting to play the full game without any change or modification. Both teams fought hard and gave each other the opportunity to play some forceful and dynamic rugby.
Senior Women’ XVs player Ali Smith who spectated from the side-lines commented, "The game was great to watch – the girls definitely have that London Welsh spirit and gave 100% to the very end".
The girls will play in pool matches, followed by a straight knockout for the National Cup. The next game for the London Welsh U15 Girls will be on the 21st November at Grasshoppers Rugby Football Club.
"I was nervous about playing a game with little experience, but I came off the pitch bubbling with excitement" one player said, "The coaches are inspiring and hugely motivational".
More than 30 girls train at London Welsh each week, with a mixture of both experienced and novice players to the sport. London Welsh Girls continue to welcome new players to training every week. All secondary school aged girls can join London Welsh, along with any girl in year 6 and above who wants to play rugby. Training takes place every Sunday at 11am outside the Club house at Old Deer Park. We take players of all abilities and experience – rugby is for everyone, regardless of size, shape, fitness and ability. We want to give everyone the opportunity to discover the joy of rugby.
You can contact the team by following @LWGirlsRFC on Twitter or emailing us at LWWRFC@londonwelshrfc.co.uk