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Sat 20 Apr 2024
Plymstock Albion Oaks 1st XV Women
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Plymstock Oaks Ladies XV 31 v 15 Kingsbridge Ladies

Plymstock Oaks Ladies XV 31 v 15 Kingsbridge Ladies

Dale Jefferies17 Apr - 13:37
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Kings made the short journey down to Plymstock Oaks for a second game in a week against a well-established club admirably able to run 2 women’s teams, one in the Inner Warrior series and their senior side who play in NC1 - 14-04-24

Billed as a match between their 1st XV and Kingsbridge, there were many familiar faces from last week’s fixture, a tough game that saw Kingsbridge secure a great win. The start of the match continued in the same tight, competitive mode as the previous week with both teams tackling with gusto and intent. From the outset it was clear that Kings were not here to be cannon fodder for their more experienced opposition. Eye-catching defence from Sami Attiwell, Laura Shute, Zoe Clacy and Fi Hutchings - it was tough to make headway against such strong opposition. Impactful running lines from Chloe Hemmins and quick thinking from Michaela Winzer saw the ball made available to Hayley Hopkins who evaded several tackles to score in the corner, much to the delight of the travelling support. The game remained tight until Emma Hemmins switched the line of attack, rampaging into the opposition pack and giving the ball up to Sami, who shone all game long and deserved the try she cheerfully scored. Playing in quarters, the home side made the most of their superior numbers and brought several excellent players on who started to shift the balance of the game significantly. Valiant tackling from Chloe Inch, Ash Pears and Ashleigh Roberts offered considerable resistance to the onslaught but the pressure soon told and Oaks began to find more and more holes in the Kings’ defensive wall. Multiple scores from Oaks followed but Kings were vocal and typically supportive of each other in rallying more effort and sustained intense defence. Although down by 9 points, the try of their season followed. Emma again passed out of some heavy contact and quick hands from Sam Hopkins saw her release Daisy Womack on a mazy run, she managed to keep the ball alive which eventually saw its way into the hands of the returning Shannon Daw who showed her pace and class to score in the corner – a fine reward for an excellent return to action for her. A couple of breakaway tries from Oaks made the scoreline look a little disappointing from a blues perspective however, there was absolutely nothing to be downbeat about. This was excellent opposition, a team of high repute and ability and a club with a women’s set-up we should be aspiring to. This was the Ladies’ last proper fixture of a highly successful season. Their skillset, mindset and all-round ability has evolved far quicker than many would have thought possible when training first started 2 years ago. Their reward is to enter the National Leagues in the forthcoming season, a stiff challenge but one that this terrific team is more than capable of rising to. To meet this challenge, we’d love to welcome more players. Whatever your ability, experience or age, there’s a place for you amongst this great bunch of inclusive, enthusiastic women. Get in touch with Emma if you’d like to learn more (07814 556188). This reporter is mindful of the many people, coaches, players, sponsors and supporters who have helped make this venture possible and whilst not possible to single out every one of them, he would like to say a massive thank you for an excellent season to one and all!

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Sat 20 Apr 2024

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