On a bright but breezy Sunday afternoon Stockwood Park Ladies RFC started the
4th instalment of their league campaign.
Having a regular squad of 23-25 the feeling has been that of steady improvement despite receiving some heavy defeats
Park started brightly and with the pack of Dara, Daisy ,Danni, Tracey ,Fran Cath and Faye getting around the field well and creating plenty of ball that Katie could
use quickly to free the Backs up … after a couple of probing darts from inside centre Debs the ball went through hands out to Cat on the wing who had
the gas and the space to put an early score on the board , totally deserved for the excellent play.
We had spoken about being too passive at the breakdown and Park were showing that they could be a match for anybody in this frame of mind.
A similar move repeated for an almost carbon copy of the first try 5 minutes later released Cat again to score her second and give Park a 10-0 lead ….further excellent teamwork kept Harlow at bay and indeed they never looked to threaten getting close but when they did were repelled by excellent defence.
With an excellent series of defensive drives Debs powered her way up the field to score a third try before the break to complete what was a fine half of team rugby with a deserved lead.
With Park able to use the large squad to freshen things up a bit we continued to dominate the second half although it took 20 mins before scoring again with the effervescent Fran
picking up from a ruck and powering through under the posts to score .
Harlow then put together their best phase of play to score a fine try from their free running full back who had been trying all afternoon to break through and finally found a gap on the wing to squeeze through and score.
This brilliant performance from Park was rounded up by another super break from Debs and great support play finishing in the hands of Danni to drive over the line for her first try for the club. On what was a brilliant day for the club 25-5 winners for the first time in this league represents a truly fantastic performance and signs of a team developing in the right way.
Debs was voted Back of the match .. clearly a thorn in Harlows side all afternoon and Danni was voted as forward of the match by rounding off her great all round performance with a try ..
Special mentions go to Daisy and Claire Slight for their performances so much better girls .. Eleanor for her consistent tackling (a lesson in technique for anybody) and Irish .. who as every game passes grows in stature … and I don’t believe she has missed a tackle yet … I want to mention everybody as the performance was really special .. Aimee and Sophie sharing the fly half role excellently and Cat for her 2 tries finished clinically … finally Cath, Fran, Dara and Faye ..who worked all game and played the full 80 mins ..very special ladies ….
Not forgetting Ellen who is always consistent .. Chloe , Alice ,Lisa ,Shania and Keera who are growing their experience never let you down.
Finally as a Coach sometimes it is hard to always ensure everybody gets the game time … Ally Harkin shows what Stockwood is all about .. I cannot thank you enough for your attitude yesterday and the rest of the team are truly grateful and you cannot buy that kind of commitment.
As you can see a very excited and happy Coach …. We have harder challenges to come but a special day for all involved …
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