Camp Hill WRFC today launch their new logo and nick-name - the Chargers.
Charger, meaning "a large strong cavalry horse" or "somebody that charges" perfectly embodies what the ladies will need to effect in order to compete in National Championship One (North) this season - essentially each game will be a battle and their armoured steed encapsulates how they will have to approach each game - ready and undoubtedly with bravery.
Team Manager Hannah Bussey and US design team Rival Art were central to developing the theme and bringing it to life "we wanted a logo to compliment our efforts and ethos in order to help extend our profile and reach - we hope to be able to use the image to appeal to a new and wider audience."
Camp Hill WRFC's first substantial road-trip, away to Lancaster's Vale of Lune, saw them register a very positive 5 try win despite the home side opening the scoring…Camps too eager on the front foot, left a gap that the Lancashire outfit exploited for the opening (unconverted) points of the game.
But as is fast becoming tradition the away side soon regathered and within minutes had equalised after good field position allowed for a set move within the opposition's 22m: outside centre Hannah Bussey providing the final touch for the mercurial Jo Hart, who shrugged off the interest, to score underneath the posts; fullback Jo Kilby converting.
Following the re-start strong metre-gaining carries from flanker Sheena Larkin and prop Laura Murphy in particular, gave the maroon and light blues the momentum to strike again, this time Kiwi scrum-half Vanita Henry peeling to superb effect to feed winger Naomi Hubber to crash through for a short range try, a deserved score for the winger after a season out following knee surgery. With the conversion falling short, Camps turned around 12-5 to the good.
A little more composure and more of the same was asked for in the second half and that's exactly what Camps delivered with conviction. Vale, for long periods were under pressure within their 22m, the powerful boot of fullback Leanna Plunkett bought them some relief but it was short-lived as Hart on the counter struck for her second. With Kilby slicing the conversion, a 12point lead was opened up and never closed.
With Vale defending almost solidly for the first 25minutes of the second half their proud defiance started to wilt as Camps' forwards simply shifted gears, consecutive catch and drives sapped not just strength but sharpness - Henry on hand to exploit superbly, sniping from the base to cruise untouched to the goal-line. The conversion from wide fell short but the scoreboard was building and the 5-try bonus point was pressing.
Tight work from the pack including a powerful no. 8 pick up from Antoinette Morgan that took Camps' close to the try-line sealed the extra point after Captain and Hooker Becci Lewis finished a consolidated team move - simple fix and pass movement and quick hands proving lethal as Bussey again shouldered the final pass to Lewis, who drover over for her first score of the season.
Vale ended the contest as they started it, with consolation for their virulent supporters and a super individual effort from the athletic Kara Nwidobie (well converted by Plunkett). Final score: 27-12.
The Chargers next game is home to National Championship One (North)'s bottom placed side, Hartlepool, Sunday 28th October (kick off 2.30pm). For more information visit www.chrfc.co.uk (ladies section).
photos Janos Schmidt