Memorial Game Winners
By neil taylor
The U15s loved playing under lights
Old Northamptonians came down to Towcester to play in a memorial game to remember past Towcestrians that had recently passed away.
The ONs squad was reduced to 14 players because of the holidays, whilst Tows had a full compliment of 17 players ( due to the fact Annabelle luntz and her family had delayed their holiday by a day). It was decided we would give ONs a player every quarter rotating who played for them.
Flood lights blazing the game kicked off just after 8PM. Short of some players ONs still had some very good East Midlands players in their team and the first few minutes were tight as expected.
The Tows Coaches had never seen their players so ready for a game, in the warm up the ball was never dropped. The players wanted to show the crowd of 100 plus what they could do.What they showed at times could only be described as ALL BLACK RUGBY, there was always someone there to off load to.At times the ball going through 8-10 sets of hands mid tackle, the support and support lines tearing ONs apart. The handling was exceptional the ladies from Tows Roses watching on the side wanting them to all be 17 now so that they would be eligible to play with them. As I said ONs have some strong runners but the speed of our defense and the commitment in the tackle saw them driven back whenever they had possession.
Special praise to the center pairing of Nell and Jasmine so many times this season they have been the smallest players on the pitch but they are fearless in the tackle. A last run out together of the back-row Anna, Annabelle and Caitlin saw them dominate the break down, the tackle and Jackel queens.
The first 30 mins saw 7 tries ran in by Tows, the second half the same same. The back row scoring 9 of them, Loose head PP ( Polly Peterson ) getting a brace as did scrum half and skipper on the night Bella Taylor hooker Daisy Boyce also scoring. Full Back Sinead Parker was also on fire converting 7 of the 14 tries.
It wasn't all one sided ONs never gave up and dominated the middle part of the second half Number 8 Emily scoring a well deserved try, number 7 Cheriss was always going to be a thorn in our side, she put in some excellent tackles but didn't win her usual number of Jackels the Tows players knew what to expect and rucked her out of contention.
It was the best performance of the season by a host of the Tows players Erin Donnerley deserving a special mention for great support play.
The girls that also played for ONs Aria, Keria, Maisie and PP putting in as much effort for the opposition as when wearing their own shirt a credit to the game. Our half a game at fly half half a game on the wing pairing of Lucy and Ellie shining in both positions safe hands and light of feet. It almost looked as if winger Lilly was going over for her first try only to be bundled out of play a couple of feet from the line, that first try cant be far away it is certainly deserved. New girl Georgia ran out for 10 mins after only joining 2 training sessions ago, she looks like she will be a another strong player to join the U18s next season.
Final score 84-12 but it wasn't about the score this was about Girls Rugby getting the attention that it deserved, many people up there that night watching them play for the first time and walked away impressed with the quality, skill level and commitment of the girls. Another winner on the night the Air Ambulance with over £400 raised for them. A last note of thanks to Henry Boyce for the professional programs produced for the event. Something for all of us to keep as a memento of a brilliant evenings rugby.