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Pershore Women Beat League Champions

Midlands Ladies Touch League

Last Updated: May 22, 2014 06:18am
Wyre Piddle, Wychavon
By Fizz Bewley
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 Pershore Women’s Touch Rugby Club, for the first time ever, beat the three-year Midlands Ladies Touch League (MLTL) champions, Bromyard, at Sunday’s round-three 2014 league tournament, to finish second out of ten MLTL clubs competing on the day.

At their Pershore RFC home grounds in Mill Lane, Wyre Piddle, the local women went into the semi finals, having scored the most tries (19) and conceded the fewest (2) across either of the two pools and went on to push Bromyard into third place, with a 2-0 win.

In the finals, then, against Camp Hill, Pershore were narrowly defeated, 2-1, but the team were delighted with their performance, since their final try count (22) and tries conceded (4) was exactly the same as Camp Hill.

The result means Pershore now move into second place in the overall standings in the league, and with 8 more league tournaments to play between now and the end of the touch season in November, they have everything to play for.

Alice Keylock, Pershore women’s coach and player said: “The standard of touch rugby, across all of the

teams in the league, has improved so much since the league was formed in 2010 and there are now five teams who are pushing for the top positions, which means it is a really good competition. It is no longer a foregone conclusion that Bromyard are going to win everything, as in previous years.”

Pershore players on Sunday were: Alice Keylock; Sharon Moore (1 try and Pershore's player of the

tournament); Irene Joslin; Laure Pommier; Sarah Thomas; Emmie Bewley (3 tries); Teresa Crowley (6

tries); Fizz Bewley (4 tries); Emma Field (1 try); Verity Farr (4 tries); Kiele Doyle (3 tries).

Final results from the day were as follows:

 

1st Camp Hill – 10 points

2nd Pershore – 9 points

3rd Bromyard – 8 points

4th Redditch – 7 points

5th Stratford – 6 points

6th Wellesbourne – 5 points

7th Rugby SA – 4 points

8th Sutton Coldfield – 3 points

9th Hereford – 2 points

10th Ross – 1 point

1st Bromyard – 28 points

2nd Pershore – 24 points

3rd Camp Hill – 22 points

4th joint Wellesbourne – 21 points

 Stratford – 21 points

6th Redditch – 16 points

7th Ross – 14 points

8th Rugby SA – 8 points

9th Sutton Coldfield – 7      points

10th Cannock – 4 points

11th Hereford – 2 points

 

Fizz Bewley Chair of the touch rugby section of the PRFC says: “We have recently recruited several new women players who are really enjoying training and learning the ropes with the rest of the squad.

They have none of them played rugby before, like most of our team, but it is amazing how quickly they can progress and several of them now have the confidence to play at tournaments.

“Our whole ethos is to encourage as many people as possible to have a go and do as much or as little as they want and because it is a non contact sport literally anyone can do that, from 13 years upwards. It is a great sport, too, for having fun and getting fit. We play mixed touch rugby too, so we have as many

men training and playing in matches as women.”

Touch rugby training takes place at PRFC every Wednesday at 7.30pm or Sunday at 10am. And, every fortnight, on a Wednesday at 7.30pm, starting May 28th and running throughout June and July, the club are staging mixed, open, pay-and-play match nights - 50 pence for 13-18s and £1 for seniors – where anyone can turn up on the night and be placed in a team of 6 and have a 20 minute game or two.

 

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