On Sunday 29th October Southwell RFC played host to the first NLD Girls Representative matches of the 2017 season.
NLD U18 Girls Report
The U18 girls welcomed local opposition as Leicestershire and Staffordshire oboth visited Southwell to play in a 3 way festival.
Megan Warsop captained the NLD U18 Girls side which consisted of a good mix of already established U18 players alongside players stepping up from a successful U15 squad. Watching from the sidelines the girls had gelled well as a team and looked like they have been together much longer than the 2 trials and one training session pre game day.
NLD faced Leicestershire in the opening game and came up against a strong well drilled side with a good level of rugby played by both sides. Alex Clack opened the scoring with a run in to the corner try which involved several players supporting great running rugby. Both sides had great attacking plays which were well defended and coming up to half time Bess Heath carried over after several attempts in close play from the Forwards. NLD switched off in the start of the second half and Leicestershire ran in a great team try under the posts which was converted. NLD responded well, stepping up the gears, defending well under pressure and came back with good attacking play and Ella Turlukowsky running in the final score of the game. A hard fought game but a well deserved team victory with the whole squad earning the victory.
After a rest as Staffordshire took on Leicestershire, NLD then lined up against Staffordshire starting where they left off in the first game. It was a strong start from the NLD U18 Girls and credit to Staffordshire who kept their heads up despite being under pressure. Several great attacks were well defended by NLD and managed to not only keep a clean sheet but also gained a 51 point difference ten minutes into the second half which concluded the game. It was a clinical display by the NLD U18 Girls who came away with two wins from their first two matches of the season.
Georgina Tasker – Try / 2 Conversions
Lois Markland – Try
Georgia Staines – Try
Jess Brown 2 Tries / 1 Conversions
Megan Stephens – Try
Courtney Mitchell – Try
Jess Weaver – Try
Rebecca Church – Try
NLD U15 Girls Report
NLD U15 Girls vs Leicestershire U15 Girls
On a pleasant autumn afternoon the u15 girls squad came together for their first match of the CB programme. In a slight change to the format this year, rather than playing a series of triangular fixtures the girls would be facing Leicestershire in the first of a series of single matches.
Leicestershire started well and looked considerably bigger than the NLD girls who had to weather a storm of early pressure camped on their their own try line. Stout defending however and brave tackles kept the visitors at bay and the NLD side gradually started to get their rhythm and confidence. After 10 minutes NLD broke out of their own half and a series of phases took them to the Leicestershire goal line, the girls kept their heads and the ball alive for Sophie Lorenz to sneak over the line. The conversion was missed but the score further steeled the NLD girls and only two minutes later Kendall Waudy crossed the line for the second try. Kendall followed this with the NLDs third try and in the dying moments of the half Elle Massey squeezed in at the corner following a series of offloads, and quick phases that delighted the sizeable crowd.
At half time the girls identified their own areas to work on and with wholesale changes ensuring all the squad played at least half a game, NLD again took to the field. To say the majority of the back line and front row had been changed at half time the standard of play was as high and the rhythm and structure the team was playing with was unaffected. Darcie Donaldson crossed the line for the 1st try of the 2nd half, quickly followed by Lucy Weaver and then Hannah Blake. Lucy Weaver had taken over kicking duties and got the conversion.
Leicestershire were still playing with great commitment and intensity and a series of ‘pick and go’s’ from their forwards drove them deep in NLD territory. The pressure told and they crossed the line for their first score of the day.
NLD soon hit back however with Kendall Waudy getting her hat trick try and this was again quickly followed by Jemima Wilcox driving over the line with a strong run. This try was converted by Lucy Weaver and in the last few minutes of the game Hannah Blake crossed for NLDs tenth try.
Final score was 54 – 5 and whilst this would indicate that NLD were in control throughout, the defensive play and tackling from the likes of Hope Sommers and Jemima Wilcox to name a few and the work in the loose by the 2nd row pairing of Hannah Blake and Abigail Tolson kept Leicestershire at bay and negated the effect of their big runners.
All in all a pleasing day and the girls were rightly proud of their performance.
Both the U15 & U18 squads will travel to Burntwood RFC on 19th November for their next game.