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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″