Day 1: SE 34 V Eastern 5
WoM – Amilia Busby “Go forward Queen”
The girls South East 7s team rocked up to the Nottingham University sports ground after a pretty stress free journey, up to play Eastern, on Friday afternoon. A decent warm up ensued to get rid of any stiff legs from the bus journey up and then the girls took to the playing surface with the mentality to start the weekend off right. Some great intensity and great execution lead to some quick scores for the Southeast, and manged to keep eastern scoreless until a mistake in the defence let them in for a score.
Day 2: SE 10 v SGS Filton (SW) 17
WoM – Abigail Woolett “Don’t stop me now”
The second match kicked off on Saturday morning in horrible wet and windy conditions, against, SGS Filton from the South West. They kicked to us and we caught setting a stable attack, keeping hold of the ball for over a minute. Filton’s defence eventually broke down giving away two penalties for the South East to eventually score. The South West replied with physical domance in order to force themselves across the line. The South East then replied with a score using the gas and wheels in the team to tie the game. However, it was the South West that came out on top of the battle of the “South’s” scoring a well-executed try to win it.
Day 2: SE 14 v Loughborough (EM) 14
WoM –Lucy Relf “Turnover and that break”
Up next in the competition was the East Midlands, Loughborough College, against another tough team, with the South East trying to pick themselves up after a hard loss from the South West. But not to be disheartened the South East came out all guns blazing and scored first with some brilliant rugby to take the lead. The East Midlands replied with a score and conversion so the stage was set at 7-7, staying this way for a few minutes until the South East scored on the brink of half time. The sides came out after half time and started trading blows with huge tackles and turnovers, until 2 yellow cards came out both minutes apart and both being shown to South East with gaps opening which the East Midlands capitalised on. Coming away with a draw the South East were not disappointed and headed into the next game with their heads high.
Day 2: SE 14 v North West 5
WoM – Sofia Rolfi “That covering defence!”
The 4th game in the series was against the North West a strong side with some good ball carriers, a banana skin in the making. However, a well worked early try gave South East the lead and then the iron had to be shown in defence as the North West were relentless with their attacks. The South East, kept them out for a sustained period, until a miss match with the North West scoring. With the game equal, the South East came out firing after half time and scoring that crucial try to win the game.
Day 2: SE 19 v West Midlands 0
WoM – Julie Nelsenat “Beast mode”
The South East made it to the final game on Saturday on a good streak after a gruelling start to the day. Up step Julie Nelsenat, who brought some absolute beast mode taking 3 tacklers over the try line and really injecting some pace into the game allowing the South East to keep the West Midlands to nil and scoring 19 well worked points.
Day 3: SE 35 v Yorkshire & Humberside 12
WoM – Amy Lazall “Another line break!”
The third day was upon us in better weather conditions then the day before, thanks to storm Hannah. The South East came out of the warm up ready to go and stamped their mark in the game from the off. One try, followed quickly by another and the heroic defence from Sofia Rolfi, meant Yorkshire couldn’t get a foot in the game. More tries followed with the SE only conceding two making the score at the end 35-12 to the South East.
Day 3: SE 24 v Wales 14
WoM – Ellie Mae Phillips “What a try!”
The final game of the tournament for the South East was the biggest. With the Welsh undefeated, and sitting on top of the round robin league, the South East needed a win, to have a chance of medalling. The game kicked off and within 30 seconds you could tell the South East had the fire in the belly, as another line break from Amy Lazall lead to an early try. A great defensive effort, lead to a turn over and a line break from Amelia Busby with a tip to Ellie Mae Philips who ran 80 meters before being tackled, then realesing the ball and going again to score a well earned try! When the second half started, Wales struck the first blow causing Worthing to up their game which lead to two well worked team tries. Wales got one back at the end, to make the final score 24 to 14.
“What a fantastic weekend of rugby” said Mark Rugman Team Manager for the South East team. “Going into the tournament losing a number of key individuals is always, tough but we knew as group that we had a strong team which could compete. The match against SGS Filton could have gone either way, and the loss gave the South East the fire to go 5 matches undefeated and finish 3rd, the best result in the last five years.
“On a side note, the win against Wales, meant some of the Worthing players have beaten Holland, Germany, and Sweden, which really showes the standard of the Sporting Excellence Academy”
Overall WoM – Sofia Rolfi started every game, and her cover defence was immense.