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Pershore Women Take Championship

Midlands Ladies Touch League

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2016 08:07pm
Wyre Piddle, Wychavon
By Fizz Bewley
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Pershore women are this season’s Midlands Ladies Touch League champions after winning all of their matches at the final Midlands-wide Super Sunday, which ten teams entered last weekend, held at Droitwich. This is now in addition to the South West 2016 title that they claimed in early October.

It was a knife-edge contest for the local women, since Pershore as well as Ross and Stratford were all on equal points (38 each) going into the tournament. Pershore won all of their pool matches and then in their semi-final pushed Stratford into third place play off, with a 1-0 win. It was all to play for in the final then against Ross, who scored first. Pershore’s Emmie Bewley equalised, just before full time, stepping the Ross defence from the tap off and so play went to extra time and a drop off. With both teams down to five players each, Emmie Bewley scored again, which clinched the match 2-1.

Pershore’s team on Sunday were: Alice Keylock (coach), Emmie Bewley (5 tries); Natalie Bewley (1 try); Sharon Moore (team player of the tournament); Sian White; Emma Field (1 try); Kiele Dee (8 tries); Teresa Crowley (1 try); Sue Breay (1 try) and Verity Farr (2 tries). Together, with Fizz Bewley and Sarah Thomas, they brought the team’s overall season try count to 164.

Fizz Bewley, Chair of Pershore Rugby Club’s Touch section said: “This win has come on the back of more than four years training and commitment by all of our players and our fabulous coach, Alice Keylock. The vast majority of our team came to Pershore with no rugby experience, so we are all testament to Alice’s skill and the way she makes every training session fun. We have also had tremendous support and encouragement from other women and men in our section too, who provide really tough opposition at training; PRFC men’s first team vice captain, Ash White, provides support coaching and he and John Staveley have trained as Level 1 England Touch Association referees as well, which is invaluable.

“During the next few months it will be our prime time to recruit new players to come and try their hand at touch and be part of a ladies social/development team that we are nurturing alongside the competition squad. Ladies who join us, that way, need not have any experience at all and can train and play at their own pace, with friendlies to look forward to, rather than the league tournaments. We all train together, though, at PRFC every Wednesday at 7.30pm or Sunday at 10.30am. And anyone, 13 and over, can come along and have a go – the first three sessions are free. Contact Fizz on 01905 381080 for details.

After Sunday’s close fought contest the other Midlands championship team placings are Ross 2nd (57 points); Stratford 3rd (56 points); Redditch 4th (51 points); Wellesbourne and Newbold joint 5th (42 ponts); Bredon 7th (40 points); Camp Hill 8th (32 points); Berkeswell and Balsall 9th (26 points); Old Laurentians and Greyhounds joint 10th (25 points); Old Coventrians 12th (20 points) and Rugby SA 13th (11 points). 

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