Worthing College held the first leg of the AASE Girls Rugby 10s Circuit on the 5th October at Pulborough RFC. With teams travelling from all over the country to play in this event, it was great to see the weather gods were shining down on us, as the it was glorious blue sky conditions.
In group 1 were Hartpury College, a team with a great history of success in girls rugby, Loughborough College newcomers to the AASE scene and Worthing College. In group 2 were Brockenhurst College, Bishop Burton and SGS Filton.
The first match up for Worthing was against Hartpury College. A tough game up first, but a bench mark for a number of the girls. It was Hartpury who struck scoring first in the early minutes. Worthing were off the pace, letting Hartpury showcase their skill with little pressure, taking the score to 15-0 at half time. Things got worse for Worthing, with a number of girls getting injured putting pressure on an already stretched team. Hartpury then ran in the tries with easy taking the game to 44-0. A lot to learn for Worthing.
The second match was against a strong Loughborough side, where Worthing targeted at the start of the day. However with Worthing suffering from a number of injuries it was always going to be tough. Unfortunately Worthing were slow to get going conceding an early try. Worthing then had to play 9 against 10 where they showed an outstanding defensive display keeping Loughborough out till half time. The Worthing girls started to play some decent rugby in the 2nd half, however the final pass let us down. 26-0 to Loughborough.
The final match was against Brockenhurst who Worthing beat comfortably two weeks ago. Izzy Mayhew got the girls going with great movement to set up Emily Hird for the first try. Brockenhurst then broke back, however a strong run by Destiny Jordan-Field set up Izzy to score under the posts. Worthing then turned it up a gear, finishing the game the stronger running out winners 27-1.
“It was a tough day at the office for the girls, for some that was some of the hardest rugby they have played. However many positives can be taken from the day, and improvements will be made when we meet the AASE teams again”
Woman of the Day – Destiny Jordan Field.