AASE Girls Rugby Season Review 2016/17

The futures bright the future is….

The girls would be the first to admit that the season has been a roller coaster of learning and progressing both on and off the pitch. However they should be extremely proud of all their achievements this season. Being crowned the best team in the South East, qualifying for the AoC National 7s (final result 3rd), winning the Sussex 7s Cup, semi-finalists at Rosslyn Park, narrowly missing out on beating Hartpury college and the Holland National team, and beating rivals such as Bishop Burton, Loughborough and Exeter sum up a successful campaign. However, what makes these achievements even more noteworthy is that these were completed predominantly, if not all, with an entire first year team! 

Special mention is needed to a number of players who should be congratulated for their achievements. To begin players such as Tatum Gabriel, Roberta Haywood and especially Emily Hird stepped into the vacant leadership role of the 2nd years and took the team and rebuilt its culture and attitude which was a vital turning point in the season. Linneke Gevers for achieving the double with Aylesford Ladies (Harlequins RFC) winning the cup and women’s premiership. Isobel Mayhew and Roberta Haywood for their selection to the highly competitive RFU South East Academy, where over 120 players competed for 30 spaces. And finally, the new girls who only started playing rugby in September, Ella Sezen, Hannah Dunn-Coleman and especially Ella Pinkney, who were thrown straight into the deep end playing against established rugby teams as well as the odd International, to become recognised Academy players.

The future looks extremely promising for the current Girls Rugby team. They have learnt so much in a very short time, and will only improve on a promising first season. With the influx of another talented first year, the Girls Rugby team could go down as the most successful team ever to play at the College in 2017/2018″



AoC National Cup @ Moseley Rugby Club

The AASE girls rugby team finished 3rd in the AoC National Women’s Cup on the 10th May 2017.

Teams from all over the country including Exeter (South West), SGS Filton (Gloucestershire), Coleg Gwent (Wales), Bishop Burton (Yorkshire) and Worthing (West Sussex) competed in this years event, with all teams going into the competition with a realistic chance of winning the trophy.

This was the third time in 4 years, since the Girls Rugby Academy begun, that the team have qualified for this event. The team were looking to match the feet they achieved in 2012 where they were crowned AoC National Champions.

The first game was against SGS Filton who narrowly beat the girls at Rosslyn Park back in March. It was Worthing who struck first with a try in the first minute with Captain, Emily Hird picking and going from the base of the scrum to score under the post, with Bobby Haywood scoring the conversion. Filton struck back with a well worked try of their own, however Worthing maintained their pressure with Linneke Gevers bashing her way over to score. Linneke scored again in the first half to round of an excellent first half. However, it seemed history repeated itself as the 2nd half was the complete opposite with Filton scoring 15 answered points, to secure a heart retching 22-17 result for the Worthing Girls.

A disheartened Worthing, had to pick themselves up to play against Exeter, whose match up throughout the season was played 6 and won 4. It was Exeter who took the initiative with a line break from a missed tackle, but Worthing settled down scoring an outstanding team try with Emily touching down in the corner. The next 7 minutes saw a see-saw of a match up with both teams unable to take the initiative. In the dying minutes of the game, Worthing looked to secure the victory with a what looked like a penalty turnover, only for ref to play on, with Exeter scoring under the post, with their kicker to score the resulting conversion. Final score 19-17.

With the chance of bringing back the trophy to Worthing, now gone, the Worthing girls were playing for pride against Coleg Gwent, a team Worthing have never played before. A frustrated Worthing took their pain out on the Welsh College, with Worthing scoring five unanswered points in the first half, with Emily and Isobel scoring one each, and Megan Brown scoring a brace. The Worthing team were all change in the 2nd half, with a number of the new girls having an opportunity to shine. Hannah Dunn Coleman, and Ella Sezen did exactly that, combining well down the right wing, for the team then to ship it out to Zsuzsi Overton to score the only Worthing try of the 2nd half. Full time, 25-7 win.

“It was a shame not to play our last fixture against Bishop Burton (as they had to pull out), as we have had some great battles against them this season. However, I think the girls will learn a lot from this experience, as they know that they had a great opportunity to do well in this competition” said Mark Rugman AASE Girls Rugby manager. “With an exciting looking team for 2017-2018, I am confident we will be back again, and hopefully bring the trophy back to the South Coast.

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