For the very first time, resplendent in their kit, they went into a home match with a full complement of 15 players, and 5 keen substitutes on the sidelines. A great achievement not only by the ladies themselves but also the organisers, coaches and supporting families and friends who helped them to reach this stage in such a short period of time.
Although Belper Ladies did not beat their opponents from Kesteven they gave a really good, and extremely encouraging, account of themselves. It was obvious from the sidelines that there is great potential in this squad of players. Ongoing practice in some of the core skills, including scrummaging, turning over ball in the scrums and cutting out breaks by the opposition sooner, will really pay dividends. Even so, the Ladies restricted Kesteven to just one score in each of the first three 20 minute periods of play. A great achievement.
Looking from the sidelines the only possible changes before the next game would be one or two positional ones to maximize the skills that certain individuals clearly possess.
Overall, not only was the 4 November an historic day but one of which the team can feel rightfully proud. Plenty of encouraging performances from the fledgling squad and a great deal of potential for the future.
Well done Ladies!