A championship party is in full swing at Welwyn Rugby Club after their women swept to the title in style.

The 60-0 win over Stockwood Park in their final home game of the year was more than enough to make them winners of the Women's NC Two South East (North) crown, one point ahead of Epping Upper Clapton who have finished their season.

Welwyn will bring the curtain down on their campaign away to Harpenden on Sunday.

The scenario for the game at Hobbs Way was simple - a win over the Luton-based side would make them champions.

And the hosts fielded a strong side, including U18 debutant Livi, so the aggressive start was no surprise and the first try came quick too, settling any nerves.

Welwyn powered up the field through the forwards but after moving the ball wide, they were stopped by a turnover inside the Park 22.

But the pressure was unrelenting and Macy Stevens charged up the field to make it 5-0.

That opened the floodgates and a few minutes later Abi Levene was put in the clear to score in the left corner.

Two more tries followed in quick succession, Catherine Cirkel getting the first of them before Daisy Parker, skipper for the day, went over.

That was converted by Emma Waddup for a 22-0 lead.

Stockwood did have some attacking play, with only good defending keeping them out, while the scrums were an even contest.

Welwyn managed to get the upper hand in one of them just before the break, Hannah Emery with the breakaway score that was again converted by Waddup.

The first try of the second period took just three minutes to arrive.


Ruth Morgan broke from the base of a scrum and blasted through the opposition winger and full-back to touch down, giving Waddup an easier conversion in the process and moving the score on to 36-0.

The next 15 minutes were spent back and forth in the centre of the pitch with the opposition coming very close to getting on the scoreboard a couple of times, denied by yet more excellent tackling.

But Welwyn were clinical when they got the ball in their hands and full-back Hannah Lloyd was the next to score, before skipper Parker scored twice in short order to take the total up to 53 and her onto a hat-trick.

The day was completed five minutes from time by Emery getting her second, converted by Waddup.

Stockwood Park mounted one last attack and were camped on Welwyn’s line for the last four minutes.

But Welwyn remain focused and disciplined and a turnover sealed the win and the title.

A spokesman for the club said: "This was a good performance from the team against an opposition that were better than the score suggests.

"We go to Harpenden now, looking to finish unbeaten in the league in what has been a fantastic season."