Monday, March 29, 2010

Presdales School win regional girls' title - again! 

Presdales School are the regional girls' champions for the second year running. The county competition took place two weeks ago at Woollams Playing fields and Nobel, Hockerill Presdales, Queens, Turnford and St Mary's were entered, though Turnford had to drop out. Presdales and Hockerill went on to represent Herts at the London North competition on Friday last, at Jobbers Wood.

This year at the regional we had 11 schools enter- Thomas Deacon, Presdales, Waldergrave, Grey Court, William Edwards, Hockerill, King Edward, Barking Abbey, Fakenham, Whitton, Cambridge.

The schools were put into two pools, round robin type of competition,  the overall winners from each playing off . These were Presdales and Hockerill, ( both unbeaten in the round robin games) - the runners up from both pools ( Barking Abbey and William Edwards) played off for 3rd and 4th place.

Presdales won 15-5 and the rain, which had held off all day, poured down during the very exciting final! Barking Abbey beat William Edwards.

It was a good fun day and true sportsmanship was shown by all the teams in the pool with King Edward. King Edward had arrived without any subs.-  two minutes into the very first game, one of their players dislocated her knee, and had to go to hospital. This left the team with only 11 players. All the girls from the other teams, when asked, willingly and happily dropped a player so that the teams played 11 a-side, some teams even offering to lend a player to their opponents!

There is no National competition this year, unfortunately, so we don't know if Presdlaes would have been crowned Natinal Chmaps for a 2nd year running.

The referees were Skip, and Dean Cutting ( an Essex CRC) and Dave and Arrun from BSHS, who they did an excellent job.

Friday, March 26, 2010

RFU President's XV Awards 2010: Young Volunteers vRugby Category Winner

Winner: Welwyn RFC

The creation of Hertfordshire's Rugby Awareness Week by two 15-year-old Rugby playing Girls, Oren Blindell and Rachel McCullough, from Welwyn RFC proved an outstanding initiative which grew into a major boost fo the game in their area. They were successful in applying for just under £10,000 of funding from The Big Spend (Youth Opportunities Fund) and with support from Amanda Bate, Herts RFU Volunteer Co-ordinator, the Hertfordshire RDO Peter Engledow, the idea became reality when Hertfordshire Rugby Awareness Week took place between 16-20 November 2009.

The Category Winners Award plus prize cheque for £500 will be presented by a Panel Judge, Jason Leonard (England's most capped Player) at the Welwyn Girls Rugby Presentation Evening on Friday 4th June.

Monday, March 22, 2010

East Region Girls Results Sleaford RFC Sun 21st March 2010

Under 18:

East 65 (Tash Berbank Tx1, Alex Grant Tx3, Claire Shutler Herts Tx3 + Cx2, Francis Dawson Herts Tx1, Jess Robinson Herts Tx2, Yaz Pemberton Tx1, Georgia Peedle Cx3) North East 0.

Under 15:

East 24 (Sydney Gregson Herts Tx1, Sidnie Nurthen Herts Tx1, Lotte Clapp Herts Tx2, Abbie Maxwell Herts Cx2) North East 12.

Report on the U18 game from Simon Shutler:

A depleted East region squad went to Sleaford to take on the North East, the result showing the depth of talent in the squad. Tash opened the scoring after a good break by Ellie. A break by Alex to score was then converted by Georgia. Good pressure by East on a 5m NE defensive scrum saw Frankie intercept a pass to score. East dominated the scrum all afternoon winning some very good ball to set up attacks and starving the NE of possession. From another 5m scrum a No. 8 pickup and pass allowed Claire to score and Georgia convert. Jess then broke twice in quick succession to 2 tries before half time, with Claire converting one.

At the start of the second half a NE scrum on the East 10m line was taken against the head again and a good back row move put Claire away to score and convert. Excellent handling and some slick passing then saw Yaz score and Georgia convert. Alex then made a 70m break but the final pass didn’t go to hand. East took the 5m scrum against the head and Alex crashed over. She then got her hat trick again going over from close range. A lineout take and drive by Ellie into the NE defence saw her pass to Claire to beat the full back and score under the posts, Georgia converting.  

Friday, March 12, 2010

Herts 7s: U15 Team from India would like to take part!

Mark Firth, the Organiser of this Seasons Herts Girls 7’s Tournament at Tring RFC, was contacted last Wednesday about this, and the facts as we understand them are:

  • A Girls Team from India have heard of the Herts Girls 7’s (they are 10 Girls + Coaches).
  • They have asked if they could take part in this years Tournament.
  • Their Air Fares would potentially be paid by Touraid, a Christian Charity that helps Sports Club Tours for Children from disadvantaged parts of the World.
  • They have asked if we could find 5 "host families" to put up the Girls up for a week (around the time of the Tournament) whilst they are here.

Can any of you help? If so please contact:
Andy Berry
CEO, Touraid
164, Portsmouth Road
Cobham KT11 1HS
UK 07980-042358
UK 01932-863388