By John Hutchinson, Sports Reporter
Friday, March 30, 2012
WELWYN U15 Girls rugby side played Aylesford Bulls in a friendly match on Sunday at Hobbs Way triumphing 62-19.
The game was arranged to give some match time to those girls on both sides not selected for the London and South East divisional squad, including Zoe Harrison and Ellena Perry from Welwyn and several more from Aylesford.
The visitors brought only six players so the Welwyn girls took it in turns to play for the opposition to enable a seven-a-side game.
The Welwyn girls’ greater experience showed from the kick-off, with a try by Saph Bennett in the first minute of the match.
Hannah Botterman, Kate Summerfield and Sara Blissett added two tries each. Other tries were scored by Beth Summerfield, Chloe James, and Leah Dillinger.
With Zoe away, the kicking duties were shared by Saph Bennett and Hannah Botterman – including playing for the opposition.
Saph secured five out of eight conversion attempts and Hannah three out of four.
After the match, Welwyn coach Gareth Bowser praised the Aylesford girls.
He said: “Given their youth and inexperience, the Aylesford girls did really well. They didn’t give up and have the makings of a good team.”
He added, “It was great to be able to give all our players match time and to see the way the Welwyn girls responded to taking on unfamiliar positions.”