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3RD PLACE FOR WORTHING COLLEGE WOMEN’S RUGBY SQUAD AT THE AOC NATIONAL CUP FINALS

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.

WORTHING COLLEGE WOMEN’S FOOTBALL – SUSSEX CUP WINNERS

Worthing College vs Collyers – U19 Sussex Cup Final

 Worthing were looking to secure the County Cup for the 3rd consecutive year as they took on Collyers College on Friday 5th May.

 Worthing started on the front foot dominating possession. Lucy Steel was the first person to get her name on the team sheet from a corner when a header from Annie was blocked and it fell to Lucy who flicked the ball nicely over the keeper. Worthing carried on to put Collyers under pressure and the second goal came from Linda Robart from a nice ball from out wide and she slotted it calmly passed the keeper. After some nice play and a lot of threatening attacks, Worthing had their third goal and a first goal from Sara Tubby who powered a header into the back of the net from a well delivered Beth Roe corner. Collyers looked to try and put pressure on Worthing when their centre midfielder picked a very nice pass to their striker but the ball was calmly defended from Beth who played some nice football with Holly Clarke, Abi Mason and Jacqui the goal keeper. Combination play over the whole pitch led to Valentine to get her name on the score sheet when Annie passed the ball through to Valentine who calmly finished. Worthing weren’t done yet and they were in no time 5-0 up before half time when Annie picked up a loose ball in midfield and after some nice play centrally with Holly, Sara and Valentine, she drove from midfield at the keeper lifting it over to make it 5.

 Half time worthing 5 Collyers 0

 Second half Worthing came out with the same mentality as the first half. Collyers had also changed mentality when they tried to put a lot of pressure on Worthing’s defence but some solid play from Beth, Abi and Holly ensured there was no issues for Molly the goal keeper who had been brought on at half time. Worthing had luck again from a corner and it was Valentine who was there to meet the ball and tap it home. Sara was next to add to her list of goals and was quick to make it 7 and her second of the game. Lucy Paine made her appearance for the College and made no mistake to put her name on the score sheet as Valentine found her in the 18 yard box and Lucy managed to beat the keeper with no pressure. Worthing kept dominant and before no time it was Beth Roe who added to the goals when she made an incredible darting run forward, Sara managed to find the run of Beth who powered it passed the keeper. Some good play again from Worthing involving Millie, Brooke, Holly, Abi and Beth. Valentine was first to grab her hat-trick when Annie lifted the ball through to V who took a touch and drove with the ball, taking it past the Collyers goal keeper and slotting it home. Millie Carter was next on the score sheet when Valentine passed the ball through to her and she made no mistake to finish. After a good spell of possession starting from Molly and working it’s way all the way up the pitch, Sara was the second player to grab a hat-trick when a lofted ball came to her outside the 18yard box, the striker made no mistake to volley the ball past the keeper, an incredible goal to seal her hat-trick as it powered into the left hand corner. Full time Worthing 12 Collyers 0

A great team effort from Worthing and a great way to retain the County Cup.