TGS U13 girls were absolutely amazing at the Regional Rugby Finals at Westcombe Park, Orpington.
They started by absolutely smashing a Woking High School team by 9 tries to 2 where most of the 12 girls got a run out. Mr McDaid was impressed by how the team managed to turnover the ball: he thinks Maddie Roff was the best exponent of ripping the ball from another player he has ever seen. Flora Currie, who ran all day, played a fine supporting role and always seemed to be on the shoulder of whoever was going to score.
The next game saw TGS beat Gildredge House, a side that improved through the day but one that we despatched 6-2. A common theme of the day was how everyone tackled and the team got into a rhythm in these first two games where they did not want to let anyone pass.
When TGS arrived they had seen two teams that were much bigger than the rest and these were our next two opponents. William Edwards School was TGS' toughest game with the points going with possession until 2-2. With some fine tackling and rucking and a few turnovers TGS managed to extend our advantage to 4-2 which was the final score. The girls were brilliant in keeping the ball alive and maintaining possession with Lucy Fitzmaurice playing a key role - always seeming to be in the right place to receive possession. William Edwards had lost 4-0 to the Robert Clack School in their first match and the Robert Clack team was intimidating.
TGS went into the final game with some trepidation but we should not have worried too much. From the kick off, Catherine Davis picked up the ball and ran through their entire team to score. This put the team at ease and TGS tackled superbly to stop Robert Clack from scoring when they had the ball. The input of all the team was fantastic but special mention must go to Anna Jones and Evie Hutcheon who threw themselves into every challenge no matter how big the opponent. Some players went down injured including the hard working and reliable pair of Saskia Kacary and Phoebe Leach, who never let the team down collecting ball from breakdown situations and gaining yards with the ball in hand. Nell Jones came on late in the final game and joined the long list of players who had run and tackled impressively all day. TGS finished up winning quite comfortably 6-3 ,which was a new experience for the Robert Clack girls.
Everyone played their part with Charlotte Sikorski, Sam Benyon and Blanche Boomla making notable contributions at various times. TGS now has a fantastic squad of players and we took only 12 of them to the competition leaving behind more that would have comfortably fitted into the team.
The girls will now play at the National Finals in Richmond on the 9th May. If the girls are in the top two they will get a chance to play the final at Twickenham before the Army vs Navy game
Thanks go to Adam Price from the RFU who has coached our students on a Thursday lunchtime and Bill Little and the Tonbridge Juddians ladies that have helped us over the last few weeks. Most of all a big thank you to the girls that played . Keep coming to training and bring your friends.