Saturday 12th May 2012 Lichfield RFC
Saracens Girls U15′s
Saracens girls made their annual trip to the National 7s which marks the end of a long season. The u15 squad set off with high hopes of doing well against teams that they do not encounter in the course of a normal season. They started brightly enough with a 22 – 0 win against Tewkesbury with Kelsea Purchall scoring three tries and Megan Coombes getting one. The second game against Aylesford Bulls was a very tough encounter against a good, strong Bulls side. The Bulls won the game scoring all three of their tries in the first half. Sarries woke up and realised that they had to be a little more competitive at the breakdown and started to turn the game in their favour but just couldnt get across the line due to some strong opposition defence and also taking the wrong option on a couple of occasions. The third pool game was against more familiar opposition in the shape of the Leopards from Cornwall, once again the girls produced some good rugby to win 30 – 0 with Tallulah Bodenham scoring three, Cleo Dimoline scoring two and Nikkita Endacott and Mollie Stokes scoring one try each. Unfortunately in this game sarries lost Megan Coombes to a knee injury. Two wins and a loss was enough to put them into the semi final of the cup competition where they found themselves up against the Lancashire Lightning who had some very quick players who moved the ball well into space and although sarries did score they just couldnt keep pace with the Lancashire side. All in all a good day at the festival with some valuable lessons learned and despite some injuries everyone came away smiling.
Saracens Girls Under 18′s
Saracens u18s struggled tomuster a full squad for this competition as some players were committed to England trials, schools 7′s, others were injured while other were unavailable due to impending exams. Never the less, Sarries travelled with six players and borrowed two from Leopards to give a squad of eight players which is still very thin on the ground given the nature of 7′s. Upon arriving and finding that they were then in a group that included Welwyn and Worcester the group decided that they would give it their best shot and play for fun as there was no real expectation of beating those two sides based on form. First up was Welwyn who won comfortably 35 – 5 with Beth Griffiths scoring Sarries consolation try. This defeat seemed to energise Sarries who pushed Worcester all the way and only succumbed at the very end when they couldnt bring any fresh legs on as their opponents could, final score 29 – 12 with Beth and Lily Morgan touching down and Corinne Walsh kicking a conversion. Sarries were doing well in the final pool game against Tyldesly but a double injury blow with Corinne and Jordan Smith both having to go off broke sarries rhythm. Tyldesly sportingly lent Sarries a player to keep the sides even but Sarries couldnt get back in the game and lost 24 – 5 with Emma Wakeley scoring. Rather than just be sent on their way Sarries were then put in a play off with Spalding who had also lost all
their games. Spalding lent Sarries a player but sensing that their opponents were not as experienced as they were Saracens decided to finish with a flourish and throw the ball around which resulted in a 30 – 5 victory. Spalding were happy as they finally scored a try and Sarries were even happier as they were awarded a trophy which saw big smiles all around. Thanks to Cora and Alicia from Leopards for their contribution – it was much appreciated by all.