Welwyn girls win Herts 7s tournament
PUBLISHED: 16:08 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 16:08 22 October 2013
Welwyn U18 girls’ rugby season got off to a superb start as they comfortably secured top spot in the Herts 7s tournament on Sunday.
Welwyn won each of their five matches with ease, playing some fine flowing rugby. The newer squad members got plenty of game time as the team was rotated each half.
Over the course of the five matches Welwyn scored 39 tries – scoring at least five in each 14 minute match – and came close to winning all of their matches without conceding a try.
They finally conceded a penalty try in the dying minutes of the fourth match against Ealing while still coming out with a 48-7 win.
In the second half of the final match, with a Welwyn win well and truly in the bag, Wallingford (Oxford Bees) scored twice and the match ended at 54-14 to Welwyn.
The first three matches were played against Old Northamptonians (33-0), Gosford (36-0) and Herts Baa Baas (78-0).
Tries were scored by most of the squad with the scorers being Sydney Gregson (11 tries and four conversions), Zoe Harrison (10 tries and 19 conversions), Katy Walker (five tries), Beth Summerfield (four tries), Elle Perry (four tries), Pat Metcalfe-Jones (two tries), Vicci Cogger (two tries), Jo Palfrey (one try) and Bryony Pomfret (two conversions).
The other squad members who contributed some fine play were Tian Figg, Sara Blissett and Jess Ackers.
Traditionally this tournament has been an end of season celebration but, after running out of space in the schedule last season, it was moved to become an early season warm-up event organised by the RFU.
Since it coincided with other events in the calendar, the number of teams was depleted compared with previous Herts 7s, but the RFU were able to secure the hugely impressive surroundings of the Merchant Taylor School as its host and provide a good day of rugby.
Despite the heavy rain earlier in the morning, nearly all of the matches were played in fine weather. The exception was the last match, after Welwyn had finished, when rumbles of thunder and flashes of lightning surrounded the field and a torrential thunderstorm rolled in.
Proceedings were adjourned to the clubhouse where the Welwyn captain Vicci Cogger was presented with the winner’s plaque by Herts RFU president Mark Elliott.
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