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Forsyth's full circle as Broughton Coach takes team to Melrose in season opener

1 year ago By Mark Brown

Women's Head Coach takes her rugby journey full circle on the opening day of the 2017/18 campaign, taking her squad to the scene of her first outing.

Forsyth, now in her 4th season at the helm, reminisced of her debut at the Greenyards, the home of the 7s. "In 1996, this wee naive Borders lass traipsed up to Melrose RFC wanting to play rugby. A few tough training sessions later and I played my first game - on the wing!

"Now, my memory recalls me being on the cusp of topping this all off with a try, but I think I was about a metre short of scoring on my debut. I was consumed by the buzz of it all and that was the start of a rugby career spanning a wonderful two decades (and the odd cameo since) full of many magical moments."

The National 1 season kicks-off on the 3rd September with a second road trip just seven days later to Greenock Wanderers.

It's not until week three that the home crowd will get to see their ladies in action at Wardie, when Howe of Fife make the trip across the Forth. The fixture is just one of three home outings out of eight pre-Christmas games with further away days to Garioch, Kirkcaldy and Glasgow planned.

Pre season kicks off on 4th July and already the excitement in the changing rooms is building.

Head Coach Forsyth, who guided the side to Sevens silverware ahead of the summer recess, said, "The focus in previous years has predominantly been on fitness which has meant that as the first game approached, we were perhaps behind the curve in respect of the skill levels.

"With a hat-trick of seasons under my belt now, I'm more experienced and streetwise which I feel puts me in good stead to build on the positive ending to last year and get off to a flying start."

"The girls have been working hard, on their own off-season fitness which makes my job easier. There are some new faces joining the fold whom I'm sure will fit straight in. The coaching team will be expanding too, with some experienced specialists bringing new skills to the team (watch this space!)"

Forsyth added, "There is no better setting to a rugby game than playing in the awe-inspiring shadows of the Eildon Hills which look down onto the Greenyards pitches. Taking the Broughton ladies back to where it all started, my 20 year journey will have come full circle.

"It will be nostalgic trip and a time for me to show what I have developed into. Melrose gave me the rugby start that was the foundation for my game: gritty, determined and fair, attributes that I look for in each and every one of the Broughton Ladies.

I'm extremely proud of my upbringing as a Borders lass, something which I never have forgotten and never will."

The full list of fixtures:

3rd September - Melrose (A)
10th September - Greenock Wanderers (A)
17th September - Howe of Fife (H)

1st October - Sarah Beaney Cup Rd1 TBC
8th October - Garioch (A)
15th October - Kirkcaldy (A)
22nd October - Sarah Beaney Cup Rd2 TBC

5th November - Annan (H)
12th November - Glasgow University (A) or Sarah Beaney Cup Rd3

3rd December - Melrose (H)

14th January - Greenock Wanderers (H)
21st January - Howe of Fife (A)
28th January - Garioch (H)

4th February - Kirkcaldy (H)

4th March - Annan (A)
11th March - Glasgow University (H)
25th March - Sarah Beaney Cup Quarter Finals

8th April - Sarah Beaney Cup Semis
28th April - Sarah Beaney Cup Finals Day

Updated 22:37 - 21 Jun 2017 by Mark Brown

Where next?

East 1: Todd takes Broughton over the border for Berwick opener Broughton will kick off their new adventure in BT East 1 with a trip to Berwick in the opening weekend of the 11 team league championship.
Notice of the Club AGM Tuesday 30th of May


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