Worthing College were crowned BCS Mixed Beach Tournament Winners on a glorious Sunny day, at West Wittering Beach.
The day started of cold and more like a day to stay indoors than run around on the Beach. However, the weather was not going to dampen the team especially as both the male and female rugby teams have had a very successful season to date.
Because of the growing interest and exciting at the College for the girls game, Worthing were able to enter two teams, which shows real strength in depth of rugby at the college.
The tournament consisted of two round robin pools, with the top two teams going through to the knock out stages. Worthing College A made easy work of their two round robin-groups qualifying to the knock-out stages running out comfortable winners against teams such as Angerming, Shoreham Academy and Itchen College. Worthing College B had a harder route to the Quarter Finals losing to eventual finalists Birmingham College twice in the group stage but still winning their other games to progress.
In the Knockout stages Worthing College B failed short at the Quarter Finals losing narrowly to Angerming School in a Extra-Extra time thriller where players had to drop of the pitch to create more space. However, Worthing College A brushed past Christ Hospital A and thumping Angerming 20-0 in the Semi Finals looking like they had not even reached top gear to set up a final against the B teams foe Birmingham College.
The final started tentatively for Worthing, however as soon as they got into there stride the flood gates opened winning 15-0, with Jade Widdows scoring a memorable try in the corner.
Mark Rugman Worthing College Women’s Rugby Coach said “the result today for both teams shows the strength and depth the College has in both the male and female game” “In particular, the ladies involved in both teams were easily the best throughout the day, and shows the progression they have made throughout the season. With performances such as these, plus the exciting news that the College has gained RFUW AASE accreditation means there is exciting times ahead for the Women’s rugby Academy”.