Grit and determination sees the Young Roses have their first win of 2019
Nothing less than 100 % commitment would of done today.
Every player gave all they had.
2019 got of to a flying start for the renamed U15 Girls. A decision by the players to change their name to " The Young Roses" ( To keep in line with the senior Ladies )made over the winter break certainly saw them become a thorn in the side to ONS.
This was always going to be a tight game, Tows with a just 15 players against a squad of 20.
With ONs kicking off the first 10 mins were played in the Tows half, Ons dominating possession and Tows tackling like demons.
The game was tight with both sides throwing players into the loose when Fly Half Lucy Ramskill latched onto a loose ball and brook free.Her turn of speed is exceptional but the ONs pushed her all the way to the line where she touched down for 15th game in a row.
The score saw Tows raise their game. Where they went backwards in the first scrum of the game next they held and slowly but surely they began to dominate the scrums. Credit to the front 5 especially Tilli O"Shea back from a lengthy injury.
A line out on the ONs 10 meter line saw the first score from a set piece. A quick ball off the top to the dynamic Hooker Caitlin Donohue saw her
burst through to score under the post. This was converted by No 7 Annabelle Luntz.
With 3 East Midlands Girls in their team ONs were not going to just give up. Their number 6 on every ball showing why she played EM last season. They deservedly pulled a try back. ONs had lots of possession but never went wide always coming around the side the back row of Daisy Boyce, Annabelle Luntz and Anna Woodman made tackle after tackle.
It wasn't just a forward battle, great work by the backs getting the ball to winger Ellie Harrison produced Tows 3rd try. Ellie one of the smallest players on the pitch making the last 5 yards through grit and determination.
It was here where Nell Bellenger half of the " you are never getting past us "centers turned her ankle and went off.
ONs KO put Tows under pressure and scored again leaving the half time score 17-12.
The second half continued as the the first with neither side giving an inch. A Tows penalty inside the ONs half saw that girl No 7 AL crashing through to score.
The next set piece saw a front peal from the line out and Anna Woodman getting a well deserved try.
The intensity increased ONs piling on the pressure and Tows tackling and rucking for all they where worth. About 7 penalties in a row against Tows as desperation saw them lose their heads at times resulted in the next 2 tries for ONs with 1 converted we entered the last 3 mins.
27-24 to Tows.
A deeper kick from the restart by Captain Bella Taylor ( another player showing why she was EM last season) put ONs back under pressure.
A turn over gave possession back to Tows and with their pod system being managed by Polly Peterson and Daisy Boyce they kept hold of the ball past the hour mark. With both Tows coaches screaming " Kick It Out " the girls choose to ignore us and went at ONs again. Anna Woodman showing why she deserves EM this season scoring again. Final score 32-24.
For anyone that has not watched Girls/Ladies rugby you do not know what you are missing. This was played in the truest spirit of the game . Neither side giving an inch and fully committing . There was not a player from either side that did not give 100%. They should all be proud to call themselves RUGBY PLAYERS.
I know that Craig, Myself , the parents , Dave and all from ONs are immensely proud of each and every one of them.
Next week sees Tows travelling to Winchester for an Area 2 league fixture.