Season report for U13s Girl’s Team
The season kicked off with a game against Milton Keynes. After a hesitant start, the girls played a fast attacking game, making quick work of their defence, securing a win by three tries. The following weekend saw the girls put in a valiant effort against Bletchley who had some very powerful players. They lost by one late try!
After some defensive work in training we played a triangular with Hitchin and Basildon. Hitchin played a very quick, aggressive game from the start; scoring two quick tries. Olivia rallied the girls and with renewed hope, Scarlett and Anwen went on the attack. The whole team responded with a renewed determination, and only conceded one try by full time.
I am very proud of the girls and their performance in this game. They showed a maturity that is rarely seen from their piers. Every player will experience a light bulb moment when their understanding reaches a new level, for the players to do this as a team was a delight to watch. Megan (G) pulled the oppostiion across the pitch, spreading the defence, while Anwen and Scarlett offloaded to each other in an even flow; punching though the defence. Further supported by Ashley and Olivia’s strong tackling and rucking, the whole team confidence in their own abilities soared.
The season ended with the East Midlands put on a Development Tournament for the first time this season. The event saw 80 players from 6 teams competing. Ampthill played three games in the pool stage, followed by three finals, with a trophy in each. Ampthill played in the Tankard final and won by 6 tries to nil against Bedford.
This year has been a real challenge for the girls; they have had some good wins and some close matches this season. I would like to thank all the coaches: Jules and Craig for their dedication and enthusiasm and the parents for their flexibility with the matches and their support.
Played 12 Won 7 Losses 5
Season report for U15s Girl’s Team
The beginning of the season saw the girls playing matches against Milton Keynes and Bletchley. The girls played a fast attacking game, making quick work of both teams defence, winning 85 to 5 and 55 to 5 respectively. With the East Midland county trials around the corner, the girls played a very tough game against Lutterworth, which despite a strong defence, saw a narrow defeat for Ampthill.
Alice Murphy, Sophie Roberts, Chloe Flanagan, Bethany Knags, Yasmin Sear, Sian Williams and Ella Verwoert went on to succeed at trials and the East Midland U15s were undefeated this season. Chloe, Ella, Alice and Yasmin played exceptionally well. I am very proud of all the girls that represented the club throughout the CB (Constituent Body) season.
The next match was against Basildon, who played a very quick and aggressive game from the start, scoring three early tries. However, Alice and Ella rallied the pack together and with Yasmin and Chloe in support took control of the game. This opened up opportunities for Sophie and Bethany to coordinate a backs attack. The girls put their heads down and played a very clinically skilled game; drawing on the theory they had been working on earlier in the season. Bethany was awarded player of the match having playing full back of the first time and impressing us all.
I am very proud of the girls and their performance in this game. They did not lose heart, picked each other up and went off the attack. They showed maturity, discipline and dynamic skill.
This year has been a real challenge for the girls. They have had some strong wins and some close matches this season. I would like to thank all the coaches: Richard, Mike and Charlotte for their dedication and enthusiasm, and especially the parents for their flexibility with the matches and great support.
Played 12 Won 8 Losses 4