Following last years National success in this age group, our hopes were high for qualification at the County stage.
Losing a couple of last years key players due to the age band played on some of the teams minds prior to arriving at the tournament. However, once we were there and the first game was under way, the nerves were no longer evident. It would even be possible to say that we scored our first try in record breaking time after scoring within 30 seconds of the starting whistle. Lakers went on to score numerous tries in each of their matches, sharing the scoring between the team. As the tournament progressed, we played with more flow and began to use the width of the pitch far better. Beating all five opponents going into the last game was a huge positive and we knew that regardless of our final result, we had bagged a place at the South West Finals.
The last game was certainly against our toughest opposition and the only other Forest School. Ourselves and Dene Magna have been competing for the County title for the last couple of years and having beat them in all stages of the competition last year we knew they were going to come out with a point to prove. We started strong, but a moments lapse in concentration allowed the opposition to squeeze through a gap in our defensive line and take the first try. Unfortunately we couldn’t pull it back and lost our final game. However, finishing as runners up against the best 7 in Gloucestershire is very much an achievement and to gain a place at the South West Final for the third year running is credit to the standard of girls rugby at Lakers.
Results: Lakers 7 – 0 Thomas Keble / Lakers 6 – 0 Ribston Hall / Lakers 4 – 0 Stroud High / Lakers 6 – 0 Balcaras School / Lakers 6 – 0 Cotswold School / Lakers 0 – 3 Dene Magna
Team: Kayla Reddan (captain), Tamara Bridgeman, Cleo Hobbs, Wendy Kear, Robyn Marsh, Amy Ruck, Jasmin Elsmore, Alisha Evans, Chloe Reed, Mackenna Brace, Megan Harris, Jenna Skidmore (vice Captain), Leah Teague
Teachers Player: Megan Harris