A glorious spring afternoon saw the Buckingham Swans travel up to Moseley for their final fixture of the season. When these two teams played each other earlier in the season it was a physical contest and the Swans were expecting nothing less on this return fixture. Moseley came out clearly wanting to put their mark on the game with an early try. This gave the Swans the wake up call they needed and they put together goods strings of play before outside centre Keeli Wood was able to run half the pitch to score under the posts, converted by Katie Clark. Swans continued to apply pressure in defence, which led to mistakes from the Moseley backline the Swans capatialised from this, and captain Holly Malins ran round in circles before eventually scoring in the corner. The physicality from Moseley at the breakdown led to number of turnovers but excellent defence and line speed from Buckingham kept them out from the try line. Breaks from Malins and full back Becca Herring led to excellent attacking position and Scrum half Emily Roberts was able to squeeze over for a try.
The second half meant changes for Moseley; who brought on a more attacking fly half which put them in good attacking positions and they scored under the posts, which they converted. This didn’t deter the Swans who continued to apply pressure in what became more and more of a scrappy game. After many scrums and penalties the Swans backline set up a good attacking position and got the ball wide to Malins who scored her second try of the match. The last 10 minutes of the match saw Moseley camped in the Buckingham 22 but nothing short of a heroic defence from the Swans kept the opposition out. Final score 22-12 to the Buckingham Swans
This win from the Buckingham Swans was their third on the bounce, with two of those being against local rivals Olney and Bletchley. This showed what progress this group of players have made since September. Buckingham Swans finish 4th in Championship Midlands 2 their highest league position in a number of years.
On a final note the Buckingham Swans would like to thank club legend Chantal Trigg for 20 years of unbelievable commitment to the Swans. We will miss you on the pitch but hope you will always remain a part of the Swans. Someone has very big shoes to fill. Thank you and happy retirement Chantal.