Worthing College Women’s Rugby Sporting Excellence Programme retain the AoC National Cup for the second year running.
The AoC National Women’s Cup is the flagship event for AoC, and the day is shared with the mens elite and regional finals, at Moseley Rugby Club. Worthing College were strong favourites to retain the trophy, and they didn’t disappoint become the only College in the tournaments history to win back to back titles, scoring over 120 points and conceding zero, continuing their undefeated dominance of this event.
“Coming off the back of a 4th place finish at Rosslyn Park National School 7s, we felt disappointed that we underachieved. Therefore winning one of the 7s “majors” like the AoC Women’s Cup, confirms we have a very competitive rugby programme and now puts us in a good position moving toward the AoC National Championships on the 26th April” said Mark Rugman, Women’s Rugby Manager.
“Some of the tries which were scored today, shows the hardwork the girls have been putting in at training and behind the scenes. Everyone in the squad made a valuable contribution towards the performance and should be proud of not just winning this trophy but the season”
Congratulations to all involved:
Lucy Relf (Capt), Jade & Jasmine Otene-Henworth, Ellie Mae-Phillips, Kirsty Hillier, Mimi Leclerc, Izzy Young, Kayra Eren-Wilson, Julie Nelsenat, Sara Seye, Sofia Rolfi, Amilia Busby, Imogen Brash and Beatrice Mora.
Another long road trip for Worthing College netball 1st team – this time in the prestigious AOC National Cup semi final away to Bishop Burton College in Hull.
The girls plus Tina, Sarah and our wonderful minibus driver Colin travelled up on Tuesday evening, and 6 hours later we arrived at the Travelodge in Doncaster to rest up for the match the next day.
A breakfast stop and birthday celebrations for Tina in the morning put everyone in good spirits and we drove the final half an hour to Bishop Burton College – the setting, surroundings and facilities there were incredible to say the least.
After a good warm up the girls started off very well with Iona intercepting the first ball setting the scene for the rest of the match! Full court defensive pressure by everyone made it very difficult for Bishop Burton to get into their stride and with some lovely shooting from Betsy, Worthing won the first qtr 15-3. The second quarter continued in the same manner with Iona, Charlotte and Eli so strong in defence turning over numerous balls. The attack of Betsy, Livi, Grace and Bethen were linking up well creating lots of chances, shooting well and a half time lead of 30-7.
Lexie was introduced at wa in the 3rd quarter and she got out well at centre passes with some good feeds into the 2 shooters. Worthing continued to dominate the play with Bishop Burton making lots of changes to try and improve their situation. The girls were relentless and chased down every loose ball not giving an inch – 3 qtr time was 43-11. The final quarter the pressure was off and the girls enjoyed the final quarter knowing they would be reaching the final – 64-16 the final score.
Coach Tina Price was delighted with all of the team’s performance and it was well worth the long trip to Hull on her birthday!
The girls will now face Barking Abbey in the National Cup Final on Wednesday 1st May at Birmingham University. This is a few days after they represent the South East at the AOC National Championship Finals weekend at Nottingham University playing against the other 8 region winners in the Country. What a season they are having!