Rugby girls win praise

26th May 2017

Committed students took part in an Under 13 and Under 15 Lincolnshire County Girls’ Rugby Competition in Nettleham – and earned praise from a top rugby union official.

 It follows the success of girls’ rugby coaching at The Vale for Years 8 to 10 during their PE lessons.

Many have also been taking part in the after school club run by Mrs Taylor.

 She said: “The Vale has taken part in all of the North Lincolnshire competitions and remain unbeaten.

 “This Lincolnshire competition was a big step up but, after a day of very physical rugby, both the under 13 and under 15 teams finished runners up in both age groups. 

 “Both teams only lost to King Edward VI Grammar School from Louth.  The Under 15 team also qualified for the East Midlands Regional Event.”

 David Cotton-Betteridge of the Rugby Football Union was impressed.

 “Your girls have played fantastically well. I was very impressed with what I saw of them in the under 13 and under 15 matches,” he said.

The Under 15 results were:

Beat Oasis Immingham 10-0, St George’s Academy 7-1, Lincoln Castle 5-1 and lost to KEVIGS 5-0

 Under 13 results:

Beat Sir John Nelthorpe 7-4, William Farr 18-0, St George’s Academy 8-2 and lost to KEVIGS 6-4

 Sophie Bullass (15) said: “I really enjoyed playing in the tournament and all of the practice matches.

 “I like how physical the game is. I’ve now started playing at Scunthorpe Rugby Club, as have a few of the other girls.”

 Poppy Merrifield (14) was equally enthusiastic.

 “The rugby tournaments and rugby club have been really fun to go to.  I prefer it when it is full contact and not just tag rugby, like the last tournament.”

 Mrs Taylor  said she was “still amazed with how much the rugby has taken off”.

 “The club is still growing in numbers. It is fast becoming a favourite with the students,” she said.