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Paddy’s Day – It’s still on at the park – see below for details

See updated details below.

The Guinness is chilling. The larger has bubbles and is cold. The G&Ts are ready to go along with a large variety of other beers and drinks.


The kitchen has started sourcing the grub.  shopping trip #1 completed – 5 more to go!  40kgs+++ of meat, 100kgs+++ of potatoes, carrots, leeks and onions. Soda bread galore!



This is the the place to be for everything you need to know about St Patrick’s Day at Stockwood Park

10:00 Clubhouse open
10:30 Kitchen open
12:00 Bar open
12:29 1 minute silence for Steven Cakebread and Dougie Deacon
12:30 Ladies showcase game – Postponed
12:15 Sponsors buffet for invited guests only upstairs in the viewing gallery
12:59 1 minute silence for Steven Cakebread and Dougie Deacon
13:00 Men vs Bedford Queens – Postponed
14:45 Six Nations – England vs Ireland (Main Hall and Marquee)

17:00 Six Nations – Wales vas France (Members Bar and upstairs viewing gallery)

17:00 Main Hall – Ticket Holders Only
Irish Band – The Skivers followed by DJ until midnight

01:00 Club closes

It’s a busy day at the Park this Saturday with 2 games and a 6 nations test match on our big 104” HD screen as well as other HD screens around the clubhouse in the afternoon.

Access to the clubhouse, the ladies and mens games as well as the 6 nations test is free of charge for all guests and club members. Tickets are only required for access to the main hall after 5pm.

The kitchen will be open for the usual burgers, bacon rolls, chips,coffees etc from 11am until 5pm. The Irish stew ,for ticket holders only, will be available from the kitchen located in the main hall from 2:45pm until 8pm.

At 5pm entry to the main hall will be limited to wrist band holders only.

Ticket holders should collect their wrist bands and tokens from a member of staff on arrival. Wrist bands are required to access the main hall after 5pm and the tokens must be presented for the free drink, Irish stew and evening buffet.

Non-wristband holders are welcome to relax in the members bar, upstairs viewing gallery until the club closes at 1am. Bar access for non-wristband holders is via the members bar only from 5pm onwards.

Raffle tickets will be sold from 12:00 until a few minutes before the draw at 16:30. The draw will take place in the main hall.

We would ask that when leaving the club that you please do so quietly so as not to disturb our neighbours.

Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the clubhouse. This includes all forms a e-cigarettes and vaping devices.

Steven Cakebread

It is with great sadness that we have received news from Paul and Heather Cakebread that their son, Steven (Stevie), has passed away after a short illness during his on-going rehabilitation and care following a serious car accident in 2014.

Stevie joined Stockwood Park’s under 12’s youth side as a prop and continued as a loyal club member and player until his accident at the age of 17.  Stevie participated in all the tours from Holt in Norfolk through to sunny Spain forming great player bonds on and off the pitch and was becoming a much improved and recognised player.

After his accident, the community spirit of Stockwood Park Rugby Club came out and we hosted fundraising events to raise money for the East of England Air Ambulance Service as a thank you for their vital service and for home adaptations to allow Paul and Heather to bring Steven home from his 24/7 residential care home. Heather & Paul would like to thank everybody again for their support over the past few years and would love to see you all at the “Celebration of Steven’s Life”.

Stevie’s service is being held in the small chapel at the Luton Crematorium on Friday 23rd March at 4pm and afterwards at the club.  All are welcome and Paul and Heather have a request for you to wear a splash of colour on the day. They would rather no flowers but if you would like to make a donation to the Sawbridgeworth Neuro Centre who have looked after Stevie for the past 3 years please use the following link

From everyone at Stockwood Park Rugby Club, we send our deepest sympathies to Heather, Paul and the family and friends of Steven.

Rushden & Higham 17 Stockwood Park 17

This was a result for Stockwood Park of “what might have been “.  Despite having 75 – 80 % possession and territory, particularly in the first half, Park’s composure often deserted them as they camped on the home team’s try line but failed to secure the score.  Rushden’s defence was also solid and when they did have a scoring opportunity they took it to match Park at 3 tries each and secure the draw.

Park were on the attack for the first half hour but conceded the first score to the home team before levelling almost immediately when Flanker Jack Brooks was driven over just before halftime.

In the second half Rushden took the lead 10-5 before Jason Mitchell, playing on the wing, went over in the corner for a well constructed team try. Almost immediately Rushden went ahead again with a converted try before sustained Park pressure saw scrum half Frank Daly, who was busy throughout, sell a sharp dummy and score under the posts. Replacement Matt Jones added the extras.

The draw and bonus point moved Park into fourth position in the league in a congested mid table. This Saturday Park play Bedford Queens at home in their rearranged league fixture. There will be an early ko at 1pm .

Park’s 2nd xv maintained their impressive form with a comfortable victory over Rushden & Higham 2nd xv.  Former 1st xv Skipper, Michael Powell, had an encouraging return from a long term injury. Powell scored two tries and was fully involved in an excellent team performance.

John Humphreys.

Colts & U17 roundup

We’ve not produced a match report for a while but that does not mean to say its all been quiet for these age groups with a roundup of recent games below.

The Colts toured in Spain over the weekend 9-12 February after flying to Alicante on the Friday and then spending good social time in Benidorm on the Saturday watching the 6 nations games and then  travelling to Valencia on the Sunday to play Valencia.     Unbeknown to us the team we were set up to play by the tour company is 3rd in the Spanish national league and top in the Valencia region, the tour company setting us up against their 1st team squad rather than their 2nd team.

With the game also being played on Astroturf it was a reality check for the lads with a quick learning curve, unfortunately adapting too late into the game with the hosts getting a good lead which then proved impossible to reel back in.

Credit to the boys though as in the last quarter we started to get on top with the opposition coach commenting towards the end that if the surface was not astro the result may have read differently.




In all it was a great game well played by both teams with the opposition team proving some fantastic hospitality after the game.




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U17 vs Hitchin
With the U17s playing Hitchin in the weekend following the tour this was a bump back to ‘reality’ and English playing conditions.   With Hitchin getting their nose in front in the beginning and a then tit for tat scoring through the game until the last 15 minutes with Hitchin 26-24 in the lead it looked like Park were in for a loss.  With Park holding their discipline we managed to get on top with two fantastic tries in the closing minutes ending the game 36-26 victors!



Both of the last 2 tries engineered by ‘BoyBand’ Sibilia who in later weeks was to add to club history by playing with his older brother Giovanni in a 2XV against Welwyn.




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Colts vs Chess Valley
This past weekend saw the Colts take on Chess Valley having suffered defeat in the 1st game of the season to Chess going down 27-10.     The lads were quick off the mark and were quickly 3 tries – 0 in the lead, but with only 15 players and Chess with 22, things began to slow down towards the end of the half with Chess rotating fresh legs on at regular intervals.     With Chess losing a player to a red card just before the end of the half it looked like Park had the game in their gift – it was not to be with tit for tat scoring through the 2nd half until the last 5 minutes with Chess crossing for 2 tries easily getting past some tired legs putting the game out of reach for Park.  No excuses from Park though with Chess getting the upper hand in the last 20 minutes overall.      Even though the result did not go our way this was a ‘cracker’ of a game with some superb play by Park – let’s work on the fitness though lads!

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Ladies show the way again

With the games coming thick and fast the Ladies bounced back from last weeks “LESSON” to record a comfortable victory over Kilburn Cosmos to make it 2 out of 3

On what was a very Sunny but cold afternoon in North London we once again travelled with a squad of 21 with at least 3 or 4 regulars missing. This really is absolutely tremendous commitment

Unfortunately Kilburn are not in the same situation and despite some improved results in recent weeks they have been playing a 12 aside game and when we arrived only had 11 … we discussed lending players but they wanted to play with 12 so we did lend 1 Hazel … who it has to be said right from the start was magnificent all afternoon

Playing with 12 is a much more open game and you have to be mobile .. we talked about keeping our structure and playing like there was 15  aside .. as this will allow space to be created for  our wider players to exploit

We started well enough camped in Kilburns 22 but were all following the ball a bit and the structure I wanted wasn’t in place. However we did manage to force Kilburn on the defence and Eleanor who has been our rock defensively all season found some space to score in the corner  her first try of the season

From the restart we again forced Kilburn back and with Aimee running good ;lines and Irish joining the line from fullback we started to look a little more dangerous .. with the ball swinging back through good hands Cat off loaded to the joining Irish who had enough gas to go around and score her first try of the season to put us  10-0 up  fairly quickly .

We then lost our discipline for a bit and it became a midfield battle and Kilburn created a great move with great passing only to find that they had a couple of forwards needing to run the full length of the pitch .. they were caught and we managed to wrestle the ball back and with DAISY  , Fran and both Fays trying to punch some holes up the middle we tried to re-assert some control … Kilburn buoyed by their little bit of possession strung some phases together and suddenly looked threatening  with Stockwood looking a little leggy already .. they worked their way to the line with good offloading and support to score in the corner .. it looked like they may have been held up but in truth they deserved the score for a really good phase of play.

So Mr Grumpy here had a few words about structure … and from the re-start we never really looked back .. camping in Kilburns 22 we had several times Daisy was held up and with Fran and Amy coming on to really give us some punch .. Kilburn were already tiring … Cat found some space and went for the corner only to be hurled into touch but the tackle was very high and the ref awarded a penalty try … With Debs and Clare SL coming off for injuries albeit minor half time arrived with the score at   17 -5 ..

We changed a few personnel to get everybody a run and the second half started with a real purpose and possibly the try of the game went through all the backs hands and with Cat drawing the last 2 defenders off loaded to Ally who ran in to score .. although she nearly ran out of the end zone as it looked like she had forgotten to put the ball down ..for her first try of the season as well  and with Tracey now finding her range with the conversion at 24-5 .. Kilburns resistance was broken … with  further scores from Aimee who scored an excellent individual score from way out .. Fay 2 and Cat   we started to run away with it .. another conversion from Tracey and with the score at    41-5….. it was all done and with 10 minutes to go Kilburn had picked up a couple of injuries and only had 10 fit people on the pitch …. … What I love about the Ladies game is whilst its competitive its not always about the winning ..and neither side would benefit from the game continuing … Kilburn must be given credit for never giving up and fulfilling their fixture in the best way they can … we always receive a warm welcome and a hard but friendly game ….. a brief chat with the ref and Kilburn were happy to call time then and there.

So another win from the ever improving Ladies .. who apart from the first 10 minutes were excellent .. Aimee is really growing in confidence Irish had a stormer and several girls scored for the first time … all 21 played and without some of our more established players it was a really good run out.

Try Scorers …. Eleanor, Irish , Ally ,Aimee,Faye 2 and Cat ..with 2 Conversions from Tracey

Hazel was voted forward of the match for both sides  and Irish back …..

Next up Haringey…

Another Strong Performance by the U16’s

Stockwood U16’s 65 v. 10 St. Neots.

Match Report by Robert Coupland.

Today the boys travelled to St. Neots, a team they have not played before but a good team which was bolstered by some of their colts since the collapse of the St.Neots colts team.

The game, however, was one sided with Alin, Mark and Dan Loft getting 1 try each; Jordan Fadajou and Max getting 2 each and Steven getting four. Max also got 5 conversions.

The important thing which the boys need to remember is not the try scorers names above but that all points are team points and all of the tries scored today were created by the team.

Today’s game had lots of positives, the highlights of those for me were seeing players reaching new heights and some new faces coming to the forefront. This is very refreshing and reassuring for the future.

Mark Smith is running with greater power, faster speed and more confidence than before – bumping the opposition off like skittles. I doubt if there is any prop better in the county with the skills in open play which he has in the locker as well as his power, speed and fitness which improves week in week out with his commitment to a hard training regime. It is a shame he doesn’t have the same commitment to looking after his boots which he neglected to dry and consequently shrunk resulting in him been sidelined due to aching feet. He obviously didn’t learn from the tour to the war museum, where we were informed that soldiers who neglected their feet were put on a charge for self neglect. Maybe the coaches can think of an apt punishment?

Carter Bowes last game ended in him been taken off injured after receiving a heavy blow knocking him to the ground. That certainly wasn’t on his mind today because he came off the bench with a new found confidence . The highlight being an outstanding catch at full back on the run, several good tackles and cameo runs – great contribution.

Connor Nash a new player to the team impressed me with his confidence and ability to take charge and direct the backs. He was at the centre of all the moves put on by Stockwood – obviously going to be a big asset to the team.

I Never knew what a good runner and pair of hands Luke Notman had until today. He played in a different role directed by the coach to run out wide and he was an added threat joining in the back line and assisted in at least a couple of the Stockwood tries.

My favourite moment of the game was a fantastic ankle tap by Raf who showed great desire in preventing an almost certain try.

Like all games there also were plenty of areas for improvement:-

Decision making at times lacked any awareness of field and player position. This became a bigger issue when the game was won and team dynamics got over shadowed by individual glory. The team need to learn when someone scores it’s a credit and five points to the team not the individual.

At times we were still slow to some of the rucks.

Having said that there was a vast improvement in the number of penalties we usually give away to the opposition. The defence was pretty solid and all the other players I haven’t mentioned played really well and contributed as much as anyone else to another emphatic win by Stockwood under 16’s who to be really critical could have inflicted even greater damage and had a clean sheet if they learn to play for the full 70 minutes as a team and not sit back when they are coasting. They are a very good team but to be great they need to be ruthless and always taking the best percentage option and keep reflecting and learning from every game. As well as training hard every week and believing in themselves just how good they are – I believe if they do ,winning all the competitions they enter and winning the league unbeaten will be very much a reality.

Well done again to everyone who played and one last reference to the war. An army marches on its stomach point been the team played the whole game without any water!

League leaders best a defiant Park side

Sport has a happy knack of bringing you back down to earth and Stockwood Ladies experienced just such an experience this weekend.

With the runaway League Leaders, visiting the park with a previous score of 72-0 in the bag, this was another chance to see our development against a team that had brushed us aside previously  . Without a few of the regulars
this was also a chance for the finishers to make an impact.

We had discussed some tactical differences as Hackney have a fast back line and quick wingers so it was important to try and stop the ball getting wide.

From the start Park made a few phases and were looking good only to turn over the ball and knock on for a scum almost in the centre of the field. Hackneys no 8 picked the ball from the base and brushed aside a couple of park players to score under the posts after 2 mins.. with the conversion made not the start we were looking for .

With Hackneys confidence on the rise .. we certainly seemed to galvanise a bit for  the next 5 minutes with us pushing them back with a few phases and keeping the ball well ,then from their 22 somehow the ball is lost and they attack on the short side with some great covering tackles from Debs and Eleanor  ,Dara makes a great midfield tackle as Hackney swing back the other way for Irish to dump their winger into touch

From the ensuing lineout we are pushed backwards even though we have possession and Katie is forced to touch down herself for the 5 metre scrum.

Hackney keep the ball alive for a few minute but good Stockwood defence kept them at bay .. finally they manage to get that little bit of space and go wide .. for all thre world it looks like the girl was put into touch by Irish .. but the ref again can only give what he sees .as our Linesman had gone absent . and after 14 mins it was 12-0..

Again we had a couple of good phases into their 22 to only be caught on the blind from a scrum and the no 8  popped to their winger  who ran in from a long way out and went under the posts .. with the conversion made after 20 min its 19-0 and we now need to dig deep as every mistake we were making was ending in a score . simple I suppose stop making mistakes ..

For the next 10minutes we have possibly our best phase of the game picking and driving off loading before the tackle Daisy and Fran making good progress backed up by Dara and the Fayes spreading wide to the backs but we
couldn’t quite penetrate .. but Hackney were in their 22 and under a little bit of pressure .. once again we somehow cough the ball up and Hackney were very adept at moving the ball quickly the full back joined the line to slice through and run again all the way from their 22 to under the posts and with the conversion made on 30 mins  26-0..

Once again we then force them into their 22 for the remaining as it turns out 10 mins and keep them there whilst hitting their brick wall defence . unfortunately we lose Cath to  a twisted ankle and at half time it was 26-0

Now as I said previously we were 56-0 down last time we played so you cannot argue there is improvement.

With a few injuries and re-shuffle we are not quite as intense in the second half and it doesn’t help that less than 2 minutes in Hackney score again, like a carbon copy of the first half we get into their 22 put them under pressure make an error in the backs which was seized on and  again their speedy now inside centre runs all the way under the posts.

With another break off a scrum we defend by sucking in a bit which allows the ball to be moved for an overlap and another score  .. we are starting to fall away a bit and with a few harsh words we set for the re-start

For the remainder of the game we cant really get out of our own half and whilst defending resolutely .. didn’t do enough with our own possession on to make a difference and from a scrum the 8 went blind and had enough to carry herself over to score and with one final score right on the whistle it ended   53-0 . we never give up . .but something wasn’t quite right .. taking nothing away from Hackney who are well drilled and organised and thats the reason they are winning the league and we should look to play like they do ..

All in all its another improvement but a bit of  dent after last weeks euphoria .. Another game this Sunday .. need to count the walking wounded getup and go again

Aimee had a great match as did Faye 2 .. and Eleanor made her tackles as normal big thanks to  everybody for their efforts shame about the last score as a 40 odd point loss would have been a better reflection ..

Nice words from the Hackney Coach and Girls as they commented on our improvement .. remember this is only the 9th game as a teamin this league..lets not let the expectation run away .. keep working hard and it will come .

The battle of Charleroi!!

Veni, Vidi, Vici.
The Battle of Charleroi 10/02/2018
Author Robert Coupland

Black star 12 v. 20 Stockwood touring u16’s

Saturday 10th of February the day had started early for all the recruits who had been up since before 4a.m. On a frosty bitterly cold winter’s morning, they had travelled on land and over sea (by ferry) and then again by land enduring harsh conditions made even worst by the ill equipped transport provided to finally reach Belgium. A country steeped in combat history, having staged numerous famous battles such as Waterloo, the Somme, Liege, Mons and the Ypres to name just a few which had all proceeded before today’s battle in the near locality of Charleroi.

After nearly 12 hours travelling the tired and hungry young troops arrived at Charleroi – the battlefield was not a pretty sight the ground was covered in snow with large puddles and icy patches. It was apparent if this battle was to be won it would not be in the war rooms looking through the battle plans spread out on the changing room floor. This battle was going to be won or lost on the battlefield. The brave boys took up their positions looking splendid in their new battle dress, the Generals on the sidelines ordering their men forward and just like the brave men a hundred years ago who graced these very battlefields here in Belgium they took up position waited for the whistle and came out the trenches with all guns blazing.

Initially both sides were tentative, getting to know the terrain and their adversaries. The Belgians showed their intent early on, they were going to batter their way through the Stockwood lines using their heavy artillery and they did have some impressive big guns. At times the pounding was intense but the first breach was made by Stockwood, the fiery red haired beast aka. ‘Ursula’ Sweeney scoring but this was not the only breach of the Star lines for our Generals were smarter than the Belgiums had given them credit for. They deployed a fabulously executed pincer movement with the piste de resistance been instead of the usual attack on the Flemish flanks they did it with a number of prolonged attacks culminating in our ‘Racing Romanian’ Alin racing over to inflict further damage following a second breach to the Black Stars lines. This was shortly followed by a further successful break in the Belgian defence. This time on the opposite flank by one of our two Lithuanian conscripts, not big Arnie who was strategically blocking the Belgian forces moving down the middle but young Paulius ‘the Baltic Bullet’. This was the third incursion the Park made Behind the Black Star lines how much more could these Belgians troops take? Well as the saying goes never count your chickens before they hatch and one egg cracked right open to breach the Stockwood defence and to further pound the Stockwood position they managed to fire over more amo which was converted into greater damage been inflicted on the travelling troops. This is something that the Park brigade had failed to do although they had infringed the enemy lines on three occasions neither occasion was ever converted into greater damage.

Then the whistle sounded and both sides retreated to the dugouts and gathered their energy replenishing with oranges pillaged from the locals. Before these men of valour could rest the unforgiving, relentless Generals blew their whistles for the troops to engage in battle once more.

The Belgians Buns were not beaten yet, they battered at the Park’s door with everything they could, the away troops now fatigued and bleeding led and inspired by Raf, ‘the Polish Cannonball’ and the red haired McLadley they defended their positions stoically, each engagement more painful than the last but they were never going to be broken. We had seen the blood early on as players ripped their knees and hands on the unforgiving terrain . Our smiling Will ‘Napoleon’ Quibell vehemently directing the troops in front and those behind to rebuke the next insurgence. The Stockwood forces were yelled on by the Generals on the pitchside as well as the war hardened veterans on the side lines at times having to be contained by the Generals who not only got their blood and pound of flesh but now demanded sweat and toil from their war torn troops.

We then witnessed the magic feet of ‘Cutter’ Carter who can inflict injury to any adversary with the sharpness of his moves. The peasants onlooking gasped as he pirouetted through the Black Star troops but unfortunately he suddenly found himself flanked on both sides and with a thunderous attack from the rear he was left out of action. These brave young souls had given their all, however, the Belgians were still pressing hard at the gates but these young men from fields far away were not letting anyone through despite their pain and freezing limbs the Belgians were not going to have Charleroi. In fact one of the troops ‘Smasher’ Smith from the oldest regiment on the field the 121st bricklayers platoon cemented our advantage by ironically knocking down the opposition wall.

There appeared to be an inconsequential attempt to breach the Stockwood line but if I am to report what is written in the history books then this breach was too little too late. It was not to be the metaphorical cherry on the Belgian bun, for the battle came to an end and the Park army had come out victorious they had seen a few men injured on the field and grieved their loss but this battle wasn’t won by any individual heroics or flashy artillery it was down to the blood sweat toil and tears of the galant troops led into battle by the bearded warrior of the 3rd Loft Dragoons, ‘Dan the Destroyer’.

The Veterans and Genarals were all humbled by what they had seen. It was agreed by all that this day should not be forgot and each year on the 10th of February we will sit and remember the few that had given so much for so many and we will eat Belgian chocolate and sing ‘oh when the Park go marching in’ led by another one of our warriors Callum ‘the Caller to Arms’ from the Irish McIntyre battalion.

Ladies impress once again

So the Ladies of Stockwood Park returned to the field this Sunday with an away fixture at Harlow, one of the major strengths of the side this year has been the squad numbers and whilst its not always possible to get game time for everybody I wanted to start by thanking and congratulating the outstanding commitment that has been shown by this group . Once again with a few people unavailable with illness and or other commitments we still travelled with 20 .. This was the return fixture from earlier in the year where we had managed to win fairly comfortably at home but we are at their home and they had clearly improved looking at their recent results and the feeling was it would be a close game.Without our regular scrum half .. who is very much the glue of our side, Cat took up the reigns and with Chloe and Kristie making their first starts all was set for the start .

Harlow have recently moved and their new facilities are truly magnificent and despite the cold and the threat of snow the pitch was perfect .   We received first and the game started at a pace …Harlow started brightly and were getting to the breakdowns quicker and were securing more of the ball without really creating much .. a couple of moves out wide which were snuffed out by Eleanor and Ellen but we were not going forward enough ourselves. However from a lineout (which was excellent all day ..Cath and Tracey were right in sync) we managed to create a nice phase of play and with the ball going through hands to Ellen on the wing it looked for all money she was clear to score … with the Harlow girl just doing enough to put her off balance …slowed her just enough for the covering defence to catch her .

We then had a period of dominance where we looked like creating some space but never quite finding it to take advantage of the possession ..With the scrum solid and the Lineout operating well we had the ball but just couldn’t create the stand out opportunity.Harlow grew in confidence as the half went on and when started to move the ball out wide looked far more dangerous and on one occasion had the numbers wide and their winger finished a nice move to secure the first score of the day after 30 mins.
With a little more sustained pressure for the last few minutes of the half Harlow tried hard to score again but the Stockwood defence stood firm and it finished at 7-0 at halftime

The half-time discussion was around working harder .. I felt we were being a bit lazy and that whichever side stamped its authority on the game would win it .. I said if you want to win you need to go out and win it going through the motions wont be good enough.
We changed it about a bit with Ally Fay and Clare coming on and with the intention of not being quite so passive ..
The second half started with a similar vein to the first with a lot of the game taking place in midfield ..however the Stockwood girls had a far greater intensity .. with a few stoppages for injuries this was breaking the game up a bit. We then started to really dominate and get a lot of possession and after a 3 or phase attack Harlow managed to clear only for us to come straight back at them .. moving the ball wide we managed to get 2 or 3 meters from the line where from a ruck the ball spilled out and Cat “pounced” to score in the corner .

From here the belief surged into Stockwood and for the last 20 minutes of the game HARLOW could not get out of their 22 and when they did we would win the lineout and camp on again… Daisy , both Fays ,Kristie all driving hard for the line but keeping the ball alive .. in fairness to Harlow their defence was magnificent as they repelled attack after attack.. we even went out to Debs , Eleanor and Ellen and Harlow managed to scramble across and deny…

The penalty count was rising which becomes dangerous for the defending side as this can be seen as deliberate but I always felt that as long as we were patient it would come as long as we didn’t run out of time .. with a shout from the ref of last play .. it was now or never from the base of our scrum we feed the ball out quickly to Aimee at fly half she misjudges the ball a bit and fortunately knocked it backwards she however maintained her composure to scoop it up to Debs at inside centre who proceeded to run at the defence after going through 2 defenders and handing off a third she had some space outwide with Irish ,Eleanor and Ally all chasing in support surely this was the moment .. outpacing 2 more defenders she had only 1 more to beat and did this with some ease to dive over and score towards the corner .. the celebrations followed as the girls had found the desire and skill to get the job done .. you cannot coach these moments you have to live them , experience them to learn from them and they had done just that a truly magnificent effort capped off with a moment to treasure only surpassed this weekend by Jonny Sexton in Paris …

Final comments are a big thank you to the ref as he was very good all day ,very consistent and to Harlow who welcomed us warmly and who defended as if their lives depended on it and on another day may well just have won that game. The Park are marching on score 7-10.. Cat and Debs to score … Back of the match Aimee/ Debs .. great partnership… forward Kristie .. who once she got her breath back from the first half was a constant threat . next game home to Top of the League 18th Feb …come on you Park …