Lloyd banks incredible nine tries as Welwyn romp to win
PUBLISHED: 12:49 28 February 2019
Welwyn’s Hannah Lloyd will always remember her trip to Harpenden in the sunshine – after bagging an incredible nine tries in a 70-34 win.
The Hobbs Way-based rugby club got over the whitewash 10 times in total, Emma Waddup getting the other to add to her perfect record with the conversion attempts.
The Women’s NC South East Division Three East match was played with the teams using 11 players only and the space that created was gobbled up with glee by the powerful former Bishop’s Hatfield Girls School pupil.
And her amazing performance was made all the more impressive after she revealed to WHTSport that she is relatively new to the sport.
She said: “I’m still relatively new to rugby. I started in January last year so I don’t think I’m even into double figures in games played yet and have never scored that many before.
“But it’s been creeping up this season so I’m getting more confident with every game.
“I love it,” she added when she spoke about her brief time in the sport. “The game against Harpenden at home in November was my first game back. I had been really injured over the summer when I tore the ligaments in my foot and I’ve been creeping back to fitness since.
“So I haven’t played much this season.
“I used to do athletics. I’ve come from a 400m hurdles background so the pace has always been there.
“But I have always loved rugby and because I took athletics so seriously I never had the chance to pursue it.
“But now I’m taking it quite serious.”
It was the sixth win this season for Welwyn and has left them just four points behind second-placed Bishop’s Stortford in a very competitive division.
And while the day was a personal success for Lloyd, the Hatfield girl says the team are slowly finding their own groove.
She said: “It was an amazing day for me and it was great to be out there with everyone. We’re always a bit short of players so it’s always nice when we put in a performance like that when we’re short.
“It suits me having that much space when there’s only 11 on each side but it was still tough out there. There was a lot of running.
“As a team we’re really starting to find a new style and we’ve got a lot of pace on that pitch when we’ve got everyone available.
“That suits me so when we come up against a team who are quite forward heavy, it allows us to try new things and see how it goes.”