Boston Rugby Club is proud to announce that Lycia Elston, Catherine Neville and Kyra Balderstone have all been selected to represent the Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and Lincolnshire combined Women’s County squad for the forthcoming Representative County season and Gill Burns trophy.
Lycia came over to Rugby from football and formed part of the initial pioneers in re-starting a ladies section, since then she has developed massively into an excellent rugby player with the capability to play in most positions. She has impressed all season at outside centre with her powerful running and dominant tackling and has been the standout Ladies’ player on numerous occasions this season.
Cath joined Boston from University and quickly established herself in the squad. Since joining she has been key in the back row, covering every blade of grass and seemingly omnipresent both in attack and defence. Her speed and agility, combined with her ferocious tackle has seen her pop up on runners’ shoulders taking the short pop to maintain the ‘Go Forward’ of the team.
Kyra, another Boston pioneer, has excelled as one half of the second-row engine in Boston’s powerful front five. In the lineout she has been imperious all season long, winning about 95% possession in Boston’s dynamic line out. Her speed and fitness have also allowed her to have huge impact in the loose, winning turnovers and halting the opposition in their tracks with some huge hits.
Boston Ladies coaches Ant Buckberry, Tom Balderstone, Steph Beard and Shaun Turl are extremely proud of their player success, saying ‘All three players are thoroughly deserving of their selection, each has worked so hard this season both in games, but more importantly in training where they have improved massively. They are all super critical of themselves and work tirelessly to improve as individuals, they also provide the inspiration for our next generation of players giving time and having the patience and skill to mentor the youngsters coming through the ranks. As a squad, Boston is almost in the position to field two Ladies sides and that is testament to players like these inspiring more Ladies and Girls to join the Rugby Community which will allow us to maintain that recruitment momentum. We as their coaches could not be any prouder than we are right now.’
Boston Ladies Captain, Hannah Booth added her congratulations, ‘I am so proud of them, the Ladies and Girls here at Boston RFC are in a great place for next season, with their selection and when we combine it with the success of the U18s last month it shows how far we have come as a women’s squad. We have been able to showcase some great players this season, are developing each week as a squad, we are going to play our first ever Ladies Development Game and also have a couple of our U15s at NLD this week, but we have also maintained the fun element, the Ladies are regularly together socialising and planning events and days/nights out. It is truly a fantastic club with fabulous people.’
If there are any Women or Girls out there who want to try out this phenomenal sport, please contact Boston Rugby Club via our website via the link below
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Written by Shaun Turl, Boston RFC Ladies' Coach.