Girls come out on top away to Walsall

Old Halesonians Thorns and Roses

Last Updated: Oct 5, 2016 10:14pm
Hagley, Bromsgrove
By Kathleen Jackson
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Old Hales, Thorns and Roses, visited Walsall RFC to compete in their second fixture of the season. After last week’s tournament at Camp hill the girls were excited to sink their teeth into this friendly and there was a great turn out from both fledgling teams. It was decided to play a number of shorter games to ensure all girls got fully involved. There were plenty of tries scored by both teams and by the end of the day the Thorns and Roses came out on top overall.   

We are extremely happy with the growing number of girls we have taking up the sport as rugby becomes a very popular game for girls to play. If you are interested in playing for Old Halesonians RFC Girls, training is currently on Wednesdays 6pm-7.30pm and Sundays 1pm-3pm. Please contact for more information.


Old Halesonians Under 16’s team - Barker Butts 12 – 43 Old Halesonians


Fantastic Team Performance


A beautifully sunny day saw the U16’s squad make their way over to Coventry to play Barker Butts. We had a good turn-out of 24 players, but none of us expected the outstanding play we were about to witness. 

From the kick-off, Fin Bridgewater made a superbly long kick into the arms of an opposition player who knocked on and we were awarded the ball well into their half. However, Barker Butts pushed forward with some strong and aggressive play. Old Hales battled, but for the next 10 minutes we were unable to get more than 25 metres away from our own try-line. Eventually, Barker Butts managed to push our lads back and scored the first try of the match. It went un-converted, Barker Butts 5 – 0 Old Hales. 

Straight away Old Hales took the play back into the Barker Butts half. Both sides were equally matched and it was a game of attrition, but frustration started to show amongst the Barker Butts players and the Referee had to intervene. Coach, John Wragg, took the opportunity to make some strategic changes to the squad and the effect was immediate. Dylan De Sousa came on like a man possessed and very quickly crashed across the line for Old Hales’ first try. This was converted to make the score 5 - 7. 

Four minutes later and not to be outdone by his schoolmate, Fin Bridgewater ran in another. Mike Essex playing prop, made an aggressive run at the Barker Butts defence which led to Dylan De Souza securing his second try of the match and the score at the break was 5 - 19. 

The 2nd half was even better. Old Hales forwards were winning the ball and the passing along the line by the backs was superb. Minutes after the off Josh Gordon, ran in his first try for the team. The lads taking the kicks were on scorching hot form and Old Hales score rose to 26. Minutes later an Old Hales attack saw Dylan De Souza score another, 5 - 31. 

Barker Butts fought back, camped out on the Old Hales try-line for what seemed like forever and eventually worked in a try. Barker Butts 12, Old Hales 31. 

The Old Hales players were obviously disappointed by their inability to clear their line and came back with a vengeance.  Jacob Saul made a superb run to score, Old Hales had taken their tally to 38 and just before the final whistle Josh Gordon ran in his 2nd try of the match to make the final score Barker Butts 12 - 43 Old Halesonians. 

The backs often get the glory, as they usually score the tries, but today every member of the squad gave an outstanding performance and it was probably the best match the squad has ever played.


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