The rest of the North Herts rugby world may have hung up its boots a month ago, but for one local team May has been a huge month, taking on the best in the country over a series of four tournaments in four weeks, and coming up with better results than ever previously achieved.
The month began with the National 10s finals in Lichfield, where the girls – the only team from the region to make the finals - finished an impressive fourth.
The following weekend Letchworth were in Dorking, Surrey for the London & South East Sevens. This was a step into the unknown for the girls as it was the first time Letchworth had been invited to the event and much of the opposition was new. The girls were also missing a couple of leading players who were playing for the region, but despite this they still came back with silverware as runners-up in the plate competition.
In many ways Dorking was a warm-up, the serious work beginning at Tabard the weekend before last with the Herts Sevens – the country’s biggest regional sevens event. And the girls performed superbly demolishing the opposition in the opening stages. A 28-0 win over Pavworth (Notts.) was followed by a record nine-try 55-0 destruction of Kettering (revenge for a 5-44 reverse suffered earlier in the season!) – the biggest margin of victory Letchworth Girls have ever recorded in any match.
Despite having only six players on the field for most of the game the girls were still able to defeat Buckinghamshire “Jesters” 22-11, giving them a berth in the semi-finals against sevens specialists Wisbech Grammar School, who were beaten 30-0. Unfortunately a lengthy delay before the final resulted in a lot of the momentum being lost, but the eventual runners-up spot was still the girls’ best result in the event.
Finally this weekend it was the National Sevens – and an awful draw, starting off with a game against Worcester – comfortably the leading club in the land. However, the girls survived the encounter sufficiently to be able to beat Tynedale (Northumberland) for a place cup quarter-finals – the first time in four attempts the girls had reached this cup stages in this prestigious competition (and the only Herts side to do so this season).
Unfortunately this was as far as they did get – but with almost all of the girls back again next season (and the majority the season after as well) prospects for future silverware at Letchworth look good.
– but the sailors praise the new boats
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