Depleted Warriors see title dream dashed
PUBLISHED: 11:57 29 May 2008 | UPDATED: 21:43 26 October 2009
A DEPLETED Welwyn Warriors lost their title decider against Dorking 45-17 in the side s final league game of the season. The Hobbs Way team were missing four of their top players for this crucial encounter, which they needed to win to be crowned league ch
A DEPLETED Welwyn Warriors lost their title decider against Dorking 45-17 in the side's final league game of the season.
The Hobbs Way team were missing four of their top players for this crucial encounter, which they needed to win to be crowned league champions.
Welwyn were always going to be up against it as they were missing several key players.
Captain Hannah Gallagher was out injured, while vice captain Megan Williams, top scorer Alex Robertson and Sophie Tyler had been called up to play in a RFUW Super League match.
That national body initiative involves the RFUW Talent Development Group girls plus the next level down of gifted players.
They create super teams for matches which are said to all be part of raising the standard of the game at the elite level.
Therefore, a very much ad hoc Welwyn outfit took on the Dorking side in sunny conditions on the Surrey Downs.
From the off, the pacy hosts' backs made great use of the space.
Warriors were shellshocked as their opponents ran in three early tries and had them on the ropes.
The home side were out for revenge after Welwyn had thumped them 36-5 on the opening day of the season back in September.
A Warriors rally saw then go in at half-time 21-12 down after Charisse Fallon and Geri Thomas had scored to give them some hope.
The visitors started the second half well but a breakaway try saw Dorking move further ahead.
Geri Thomas scored a second touchdown for the visitors, but Dorking were rampant in the second half and were well worth their 45-17 victory.
After the defeat and seeing the title slip through his side's grasp, team manager Dave Marques was clearly unhappy he had lost players to the RFUW Super League game.
"We're all disappointed," he said.
"But to lose four of your best players leaves a big hole.
"The girls tried their level best but the better team won."
He added: "It's been a long season and in truth we've struggled for our form in the last six weeks.
"We had a great tour to Wales, we've had some good wins and only lost two matches, one was a cup final and the other cost us the league.
"What we know is that at this level every team is capable of beating the others.
"There will be big changes next season when girls move out of junior ruby and a new crop comes into U18s. We try again next year.
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