Worthing College netball 1st team travelled to Burgess Hill Girls School for the U19 Sussex Cup final against Brighton College. After beating Sussex Downs, Christ Hospital, BHASVIC and Hurst to reach the final the girls were looking forward to the afternoon.
Worthing started off well with the defensive unit of Iona, Charlotte and Kira proving too strong for the Brighton College attack, turning over numerous balls enabling our attack to score – qtr time 12-3 Worthing. In the second quarter Brighton stepped up and closed down the space making it difficult for the Worthing team – half time was 23-11.
In the second half coach Tina introduced Ashlene at wa and Holly at wd to introduce some fresh legs. Liv and Shelby were working well in attack and shooting well, defensively we were still working hard to increase the lead – 37-19 at the end of the third quarter. Going into the final quarter the girls continued to work well and closed out the match winning 47-24. Coach Tina Price was delighted with the team and their development so far this season.
The squad now move on to play in the National Schools Finals on Saturday at Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire where they represent the South East playing the top 18 Schools and Colleges in the Country, good luck everyone!
Saturday 10th March saw Harlequins Ladies smash the record for attendance at a Premiership rugby match with 4,542 in support.
Current Worthing College Sports Academy player Roberta (Bobbie) Haywood started and scored helping Harlequins to win 14-12 against Richmond RFC, which also secured Harlequins position in the top two for the season. Izzy (Isobel) Mayhew, another Academy player, who has already earned 6 caps this season was also involved in the action where she and England teammate Jessica Breach took over the Harlequins Instagram account for the morning of the match.
Before the game at Twickenham Stoop, the biggest attendance for the new competition was 1,500 at Ashton Gate for Bristol Ladies’ match against Gloucester-Hartpury. (BBC, 2018)
“It’s been a fantastic journey for both Bobbie, Izzy and all the other girls involved with Harlequins this year” said Worthing College Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence Academy Manager Mark Rugman. “All the girls especially Bobbie and Izzy have flourished in the Academy, and have improved so much in the two years whilst they’ve been at the College. To play, be a part of, and even score in front of 4,500 people is an experience they will never forget. Something they will cherish for the rest of their life”. The Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence Academy at Worthing College, is one of only 6 centres that play rugby at the highest level in the UK for 16-19 year old. The Women’s rugby Academy has a rich history of success both individually and as a team with successes such as alumni Amy Wilson-Hardy (a professional England player) winning the Nationals in 2014 and 6 girls playing Premiership rugby in the last 2 years.