Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Herts Womens and Girls Rugby Development Group Meeting Mon 19th Jan 2009

The next meeting of the HWGRDG is taking place on Mon 19th Jan at Welwyn RFC starting at 7.30. If you have not previously attended these meetings (usually 3-4 times a year) this group works together to plan Tournaments, run the County Teams, exchange Best Practice and advice, and to try and help each other develop Womens and Girls Rugby in Herts. If your club does not send a rep to the group and would like to do so, or if you are a regular attendee who has a specific Agenda item, then please e-mail me on

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Old Albanians send invitation to all U18s

OA's are due to hold an U18 taster session for all U18 players in the County who are due to move up to senior level next season. The first session is tomorrow night (Wednesday 17th) at 7.15pm.

In order to fully cater for these sessions OAs need to know the likely numbers that maybe attending - so please contact email Tasha Saint-Smith. Parents and coaches are very welcome to come along and meet the team.
OAs also plan to send a "Saint" to any interested clubs to introduce themselves prior to these sessions, which will be on the following dates:
Weds 28th January, 7.15pm (OA's training pitch)
Weds 11th March, 7.15pm (OA's training pitch)
If you have any questions or queries, please contact Tasha.

Monday, December 15, 2008

NLD Festival Under 15's

The Under 18 Section, scheduled to take place at Mellish RFC, was unfortunately cancelled due to waterlogged pitches.

The Under 15 Section, however, did take place at Paviors RFC. 8 Teams took part in two Groups of 4.

The hosts NLD 'A' won their Group of 4 defeating Staffordshire, East Midlands (Northants and Beds) and Yorkshire.

Herts Won their Group (see results below) and played NLD 'A' in a repeat of last Seasons Final. This time NLD 'A' deservadly won the Trophy in another close match.

Herts U15 results:

Group stage -

Herts 10 (Abbie Maxwell TX1, Lotte Clapp TX1) Eastern Counties 0
Herts 19 (Lotte Clapp Tx2, Shira Kilgallon Tx1, Abbie Maxwell Cx2) NLD 'B' 0
Herts 15 (Rachel Mccullough Tx1, Becky Dawson Tx1, Charlie Faloona Tx1) Leicestershire 0

Final -

Herts 0 NLD 'A' 7

This is the end of this Season's County Programme, as between January and Easter is when the Regional Programme takes place, but Herts are planning to repeat last Seasons successful County Development Fixtures during this period. If other Counties are interested in playing the Herts Development side this Season please contact

Saturday, December 13, 2008

U12 training and U18 tournament tomorrow (14th December) CANCELLED

... due to waterlogged pitches at Hitchin and Mellish

Apologies for late notice. Please pass this information on to anyone you may know who might have been coming along.

Sunday, December 07, 2008

NLD Festival Sunday 14th December 2008

The final Herts County Girls Games of the Season are at the NLD (Notts, Lincs and Derby) County Tournament on Sun 14/12, where 8 Counties are taking part:

· The U15's will be at Paviors RFC, The Ron Rossin Ground, Burntstump Hill, Nottinghamshire , NG5 8PQ .

· The U18's will be at Mellish RFC, War Memorial Ground, Mapperley Plains, Nottingham, Notts , NG3 5RX .

The plan is to drop the U15's off at Paviors RFC as it is hard to park a Coach there, and take the U18's up to Mellish RFC (3 miles away) where the Coach can be parked. K.O. will be about the same time, and afterwards Paviors RFC will look after the U15 Girls until the U18's have finished.

The Herts U18 Squad that has been selected for this Tournament is:
1 – Milly Fuggles
2 – Hannah Marques
3 – Alice Nee
4 – Megan Childs
5 – Laura Watson
6 – Frankie Dawson
7 – Jess Robinson
8 – Geri Thomas
9 – Claire Shutler
10 – Hannah Gallagher
11 - Alice Finn
12 – Sam Voyle
13 – Alex Robertson
14 - Georgia Peedle
15 – Megan Williams
16 – Harriet Bullock
17 – Hannah Winfield
18 – Olivia Payne
19 – Nikki Alcock
20 – Vicky Moxom
21 – Emily Tarling
22 - Mica Gooding

The Herts U15 Squad that has been selected for this Tournament is:
1 – Abbie Maxwell
2 – Oren Blindell
3 – Charlie Faloona
4 – Scarlett Cooper-Wall
5 – Sydnie Grace
6 – Courtney Arberry - Captain
7 – Bryony Pomfret
8 – Shira Kilgallon
9 – Lotte Clapp
10 – Sidney Nurthen
11 - Becky Dawson
12 – Nathalie Gooch
13 – Rachel Mccullough
14 - Sophie Mccormack
15 – Melissa Gargaro
16 – Amber King
17 – Rachel Selwood
18 – Alice Llelliott
19 – Stevie Farrow
20 – Olivia Lee
21 – Ellie Hurer

A 53 Seat Coach to take the Herts U15 Girls Squad and Herts U18 Girls Squad to this Tournament. It has again been hired from Reg’s Coaches (which will be printed on the side of the Coach) and will be leaving from outside the University of Hertfordshire, de Havilland Campus, Hatfield Business Park, Hatfield, Herts, AL10 9EU at 09.00 sharp (where the Coach dropped us off last Sunday).

Please confirm if you require a Seat on the Coach to It will be busy there that day so please leave plenty of time to get to the meeting point on time. Unfortunately with the number of Players in both Squads, plus Managers / Coaches there are very few free seats to take Relatives.

Itinerary for the day:

12noon: - Meet and Register

1215pm - Changing rooms should be available (please come ready to play)

1230pm - Warm Up and move to pitch allocation

1.00pm - First Games of the POOL STAGES to start

3.45pm - Pool games to have finished and FINALS to start between Pool winners

4.30pm - Presentation of the Cup to the winners and medals for both winners and runners up.

U12s: Time to start thinking about Herts Youth Games

Herts Youth Games will be taking place again next year in May, probably in Hatfield, and - asin past years - the Games should include an U11 girls rugby tournament. If your daughter is in Year 6 (or you know anyone with a rugby playing daughter in Year 5) you really should try to get involved. Though it is tag, its still a great day out, a good way of recruiting new players to your club and the game in general - and is entirely free!

How different councils react or plan for Youth Games seems to vary quite a lot. Some start planning (including selecting squads) very early - in January or February sometimes - so if you daughter is in Year 6 it is probably not too early for you to make enquiries about who will be running the team and when selection will be. Also not all councils enter a team in the girls tournament, so early enquiries might just show the more reluctant councils that there is potential to enter a team (or at least force them to come up with a damn good excuse for not doing so!).

How selection is done will also vary significantly from area to area. Most will have a tag tournament at which the best girls will be picked - and these may start to take place next term. However not every school enters such events, and your daughter may not be available that particular day anyway, so that is another reason why it is important to let your council (and whoever is running your girls team) know your interest.

The rules are that you can represent any council area where you either live, attend school, or play for a club - so many of you may be in a position to choose who you want to play for!

U12 training: 14th December

Following on from the improved performance at Dulwich last weekend, we have now managed to organise a training session for all U12s at Hitchin RFC on Sunday 14th December, arriving at 1.30 for a 2pm start. As there will also be women's and colts' games going on that afternoon girls should arrive already changed.

The address of the Hitchin club, for those who have not visited it before, is King George V Playing Fields, Old Hale Way, Hitchin, SG5 1XL. 

Any girls in school years 6 and 7 may attend - whether or not they have been to a previous session!

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Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Girls County Games on 30th November at Worcester RFC

Last Sunday the Under 18 and Under 15 Squads travelled up to Worcester RFC. Herts U15’s played in a Triangular Fixture against Herefordshire and Worcestershire, whereas Herts U18’s played Worcestershire.

The results were:
  • Worcestershire U18 0 Herts U18 3 (G. Thomas P x 1).

  • Herefordshire U15 0 Herts U15 51 (C. Faloona T x1; S. Cooper-Wall Tx2 Cx3; B. Pomfret Tx2; L.Clapp tx1; N. Gooch Tx1; O.Blindell Tx1; L.Kentish Tx1).

  • Worcestershire U15 7 Hertfordshire U15 26 (A. King Tx1; S.Cooper-Wall Tx1 Cx3; N.Gooch Tx2).