Monday, October 31, 2011

Gallagher in starting line up for England

Hertfordshire's England U20 star Hannah Gallagher will have a chance to prove herself at the highest level on Wednesday when she starts for the senior England team against France in Marseilles.

The game is actually an uncapped friendly - effectively "An England XV v France" - but a good performance could win the county's young flanker a full cap if she is also picked for the full test on Saturday - and after that maybe the series against New Zealand as well. Hertfordshire's Michaela Staniford also starts.

The squad for these two games is very young and experimental, and the French have also taken the opportunity to pick some of their rising stars - including a teenage fly-half who is still at school - so we could be looking at what the national sides will look like in 3-4 years time.

Meanwhile on Sunday a third Herts player also gets an international warm-up.  OAs Caroline Colley will be playing in a slightly unusual centre position for Scotland against Netherlands in Amsterdam.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Herts development day: Sunday 6th Nobember

A reminder about next Sunday. ( at the bottom details of more sessions for U18/U15/U13.)venue: Old Albanian's RFC,
Time: 2pm-3.30 ish    arrive ready for action in case changing room not ready!
event:  a session for all U18's not involved in county teams to play a match, warm up with senior women beforehand.

no poaching please, this event is to grow rugby in lots of clubs, not just 1 or 2 clubs.

seniors please come and meet potential senior players!
Please let myself and Lizzie who will be refereeing, know how many girls you are bringing by Thursday 3rd please. A couple of coaches to help run the warm up, run touch etc would be welcome!
Aims of the session:

  • to play rugby at U18 level ( many clubs do not have enough for a whole team)
  • to help grow clubs U18 section by keeping girls interested and playing.
  •  to meet senior women and see that they are friendly!
  • To hopefully help girls stay in rugby at senior level.
  • stay and watch some of the county U18 and U15 matches.
  • girls play rugby 15 a side and have FUN!
  • more clubs helpd to grow an U18 side, as girls remain interested.

Next session will be 20th November, venue tbc.

other sessions will take place on divisional rugby dates

lets make these next sessions also for U15's not in county teams and U13's, as no club has a whole side of U13's yet. Lets keep girls interested and in the game and in their own clubs.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Mixed fortunes for Herts in opening county fixtures

In the first match of their county rugby season Hertfordshire U15 Girls suffered a defeat against Kent, losing by 32-3. The Hertfordshire team is drawn from six clubs across the county and this was the first time many of the girls had played a match together. There were some good individual contributions and the teamwork improved as the game went on and they got used to playing together. Hertfordshire scored first with a penalty kicked by Zoe Harrison. Kent then ran in four tries in the first half. The Hertfordshire girls injected more energy in the second half to limit Kent to just two more tries.

Team: Fran Bannon, Louise Baxter, Sarah Blissett, Hannah Botterman, Lucy Corrigan, Hayley Everett, Leanne Green, Zoe Harrison, Floss Jones, Rosie Kay, Georgia Ma, Aine McMahon, Emily Marsh, Ellena Perry, Megan Smith, Beth Summerfield, Kate Summerfield, Katy Walker.

In the U18s match Hertfordshire triumphed over their Kent opposition, winning 24-13.
Kent put the Hertfordshire girls under pressure right from the start, which resulted in an early penalty that Kent slotted over the bar. Just before half time Hertfordshire’s Vicci Cogger, playing in her first county under 18s game, scored a try which was converted by Abbie Maxwell. In the second half Kent scored two tries and Hertfordshire scored three: one by Liz Crake and two by Lotte Clapp. Shira Kilgallon added a conversion.

Team: Marie Beaufils, Oren Blindell, Lotte Clapp, Victoria Cogger, Jade Cooper, Scarlett Cooper-Wall, Elizabeth Crake, Emily Davis, Becky Dawson, Charlie Faloona, Ruth Flory, Melissa Gargaro, Sydnie Grace, Sydney Gregson, Shira Kilgallon, Abbie Maxwell, Rachel McCullough, Bryony Pomfret, Kate Sellars, Olivia Stembridge.

Herts Senior team lost 15-12 to Kent (no match report yet!)

Other county results

Saturday, October 08, 2011

RFU volunteer recognition survey

The RFU are committed to helping clubs and CBs to recognise the volunteers that make rugby happen. 

The volunteer team are conducting a complete review of the RFU’s current recognition portfolio and would very much like your opinion and ideas of how we can do this better in time for the beginning of next season.

We would like all volunteers from all sectors e.g. clubs, schools, universities etc to complete the survey in order to get meaningful feedback.

If you would like to see the current portfolio please visit our website