Jo Kilby goes out in front
Vanita Henry takes the gap
Olivia Hogan and Sian Williams make the tackle
Jo Hart just wrapped up
The game itself however was christened with another Jo taking centre stage, 18yr old Jo Hart: the Chargers first attack in their opponent’s 22m area, from a secure lineout, allowed a backs set move to part the rushing defence, Hart puncturing the centre channel and side-stepping the covering full back to score the first of her hat-trick of scores. Within minutes a similar move care of a Hannah Bussey assist doubled the young centre's tally, with Kath Adie's immaculate boot duly converting both (14-0).
Adie making her first start since returning from the Indoor Cricket World Cup, with a debut on the left wing got in on the action shortly after, an exquisite dummy-pass suckering the last defender to give her clear passage to the try line, adding the extras to her own try stole Camps' daylight and an unassailable lead (21-0).
Driving play by the forwards continued to earn the maroon and light blues (playing in a changed light blue strip due to a kit clash) positive territory, with the efforts of second rower Michelle Gwynne and no.8 Antoinette Morgan in particular proving fruitful, their movement and the security at the breakdown laid the foundations for Kilby's achievement, crossing the white-wash and the 1,000pt mark for her 6th try of the season. Outside centre Bussey, marking her 50th appearance was also celebrating after completing the first half's scoring – gliding through the defensive line to dot down between the "uprights" for her first of the campaign, Adie added the proverbial cherry on top: 33-0 half-time.
Hannah Bussey attacks
Hannah Bussey head over heels
With Head Coach Reece Spee's half-time instructions to tighten up around the ruck and commit to the counter-ruck clearly in mind, Camps' charges devastated the hard-working Hartlepool in a 20minute blitz that barely saw the visitors touch the ball. Fine aerial work from flanker Joy Potter and Captain Lewis at hooker ensured Camps' line-outs were offensive whilst powerful carries from props Laura Murphy and Vice-Captain Sian Williams, orchestrated by the collected Beckie Morgan at fly-half, proved unstoppable.
Four second half tries courtesy of Hart's third, Kilby's second and right wing Naomi Hubber's well finished quick-fire double completed the contest and although 'Pool never gave up their rewards were short-lived - the physicality of the encounter eventually taking its toll when the Hartlepool skipper requested that the scrums go uncontested.
With the forward contest disabled, Camps' overall intensity was guilty of subsiding, however a superb individual try from Kiwi scrum-half Vanita Henry 5 mins from time, stepping her way to a 35m try, was a bright spark which brought about the +60 scoreline. Adie sealed the day and a fine performance with 8 from 10 conversions and a 21pt haul (taking her over the 400pts mark in Camp Hill colours).
Captain Lewis surmised: "An excellent 5th win from 5, with 6 names on the score sheet and some great individual performances. To keep our amazing winning record going in this higher league is a testament to the hard work the players and the coaches have put in. Big congratulations must go to Jo Kilby for gaining her 1,000th competitive point and to Hannah Bussey for her 50th competitive cap in a Camp Hill shirt."
Next up: League leaders Darlington Mowden Sharks – this is the one that both teams are waiting for in order to determine who is truly (to date) the division's number one team. The Sharks, with four Elite Internationals and previous premiership experience to boot will no doubt feel they have the edge, but the resilience and heart displayed thus far by the battling Chargers will no doubt be cause for some concern. Kick off: Sunday 4th November, 2.30pm, Darlington Mowden Park RFC.
photos Janos Schmidt