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AASE Girls Rugby Season Review 2016/17

The futures bright the future is….

The girls would be the first to admit that the season has been a roller coaster of learning and progressing both on and off the pitch. However they should be extremely proud of all their achievements this season. Being crowned the best team in the South East, qualifying for the AoC National 7s (final result 3rd), winning the Sussex 7s Cup, semi-finalists at Rosslyn Park, narrowly missing out on beating Hartpury college and the Holland National team, and beating rivals such as Bishop Burton, Loughborough and Exeter sum up a successful campaign. However, what makes these achievements even more noteworthy is that these were completed predominantly, if not all, with an entire first year team! 

Special mention is needed to a number of players who should be congratulated for their achievements. To begin players such as Tatum Gabriel, Roberta Haywood and especially Emily Hird stepped into the vacant leadership role of the 2nd years and took the team and rebuilt its culture and attitude which was a vital turning point in the season. Linneke Gevers for achieving the double with Aylesford Ladies (Harlequins RFC) winning the cup and women’s premiership. Isobel Mayhew and Roberta Haywood for their selection to the highly competitive RFU South East Academy, where over 120 players competed for 30 spaces. And finally, the new girls who only started playing rugby in September, Ella Sezen, Hannah Dunn-Coleman and especially Ella Pinkney, who were thrown straight into the deep end playing against established rugby teams as well as the odd International, to become recognised Academy players.

The future looks extremely promising for the current Girls Rugby team. They have learnt so much in a very short time, and will only improve on a promising first season. With the influx of another talented first year, the Girls Rugby team could go down as the most successful team ever to play at the College in 2017/2018″


@WorthingRaiders Academy @WorthingCollege 29-17 Collyers

The Blues took the trip to Horsham on a wet and overcast afternoon looking to extend their unbeaten run in the AoC League.

From the off the Blues looked to impress upon the Collyers team a level of physicality they hadn’t experienced thus far this season. Big carries and strong work at the scrum put Worthing very much on the front foot.

The immediate beneficiary of this physical dominance was Marcus Law scoring two tries both converted by Sanderson to give the Blues  a 14-0 lead after 20mins. Collyers came right back into the contest and pressured hard scoring a converted try 14-7 Blues. This pressure continued until the home side kicked a penalty and the Blues were up 14-10.

Worthing steadied the ship with a Sanderson penalty and Dingle try which allowed a little breathing space. Arguably complacency set in and on the stroke of half time Collyers again came back and scored a well taken try (again converted) 22-17 Blues.

The second half started much the same as the first with the Blues exerting plenty of pressure through the forwards with Crossgrove, Dingle and Rowley all showing their worth. However the home side thwarted every advance and even when Worthing got over the line last ditch defence stopped the try being scored.

It is fair to say that with the dominance in terms of possession and territory the Blues should have been more scores up but the doggedness of the Collyers team kept them in the fixture.

Then the best passage of rugby in the match where multi phase ball retention lead to Hulley going over in the corner. Sanderson nudged the extras from the touch line for a final score of 29-17 Blues.


Tries: Law 2, Dingle, Hulley

Cons: Sanderson 2

Pens: Sanderson

MoM: Crossgrove