Incredible Success for Kenilworth Ladies

Kenilworth Ladies lift the trophy at first ever tournament

Last Updated: May 11, 2016 07:38am
Kenilworth, Warwick
By Ada Ajoku
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After an impressive season, Kenilworth ladies travelled to West Norfolk Rugby Club over the Bank Holiday weekend for their first ever tournament only to return home with the winners’ trophy. 

The ladies travelled to the East Coast feeling nervous but confident that the previous month’s 10’s training would pay off. The first day of the tournament started off with Kenilworth beating a strong Thurrock side by 17 points to nil, the following two games saw Kenilworth win comfortably also without conceding any points. The fourth game of the day was against the Brockleians Ravens who managed to break through a weakened Kenilworth defensive line, hence conceding one converted try. This game ended 31-7. 

The following two games were proven to be the most difficult games of the day, with Kenilworth losing to a well drilled West Norfolk side by 5 points to 12. The ladies swiftly regrouped and were determined to end the day on a high, despite the final game of the day being even more challenging, sheer drive and determination delivered a final win of the day against Coalville/Bury win a score of 17 points to 14. This saw Kenilworth go through to the Semi-Finals meaning that the chances of lifting the trophy had now become all too real. Tournament Day Two saw Kenilworth play one of the teams from the previous day – Cufley. A 20-5 win by Kenilworth got the ladies a ticket to the Cup final and Kenilworth were determined to remain calm under the ever increasing pressure to put on a good show. An equally determined Coalville/Bury side were out to prove that they also wanted the lift the trophy just as bad. Lots of clever and intuitive forward play saw clean ball go out to the backs every time. Kenilworth also remembered the importance of having a very strong defencing line and try saving tackles were made by the likes of Felicity Baldwin and Sophie Heaver in order to keep a clean sheet. Unfortunately, the opposition broke through but Kenilworth responded with two very impressive tries and the final whistle went with a Kenilworth win or 10 points to 7

The top point scorer of the tournament was skipper Sarah Munday who went over the line 7 times and converted 4 times and the player of the tournament was new comer Alex Mackee who proved herself to be an outstanding hooker. Coach Tim Burden expressed his happiness when he said ‘I can’t believe that after only 10 months of playing and training as a squad, to win a tournament is such an amazing experience and I look forward to growing this team and moving forward to greater and better things’

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