Girls Touch Rugby Tournament at Great Walstead


After only 3 lessons on how to play “tag rugby” it was at the last minute that we were told that it was “touch rugby” for the older girls.  However, the girls were on such a high about playing a completely different game, it didn’t matter and we adapted well!   We had such fun!  Learning as we played the girls soon took on board the rules.  Throwing the ball backwards was very strange as it goes against everything they have been taught on the netball courts!  However, we played extremely well in our first game against Shoreham beating them 7-1!  We then had to play Ardingly (who had obviously played before)!  The girls really upped their game and we found ourselves going into half-time 4-1 ahead.  The excitement of possibly winning a Touch Rugby Tournament was all around, but unfortunately Ardingly came out stronger and we made a few handling errors to allow Ardingly to score 4 tries and we only managed to score 1.  Ending the game 5-5.  Our final game was against the hosts Great Walstead and the Copthorne girls knew they had to score lots of tries to beat Ardingly on try difference.  Unfortunately we didn’t do enough and Ardingly won the tournament by 2 tries!

What a fabulous afternoon.  All the girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and everyone scored!  Well done girls an absolutely brilliant performance from you all.  I am very proud of you:   Elise, Siân, Allana, Sasha, Federica, Sophie and Natasha.  MJ


Who said girls can’t play rugby? The girls were really excited and ready to go, upon arrival they organized themselves into their teams and got practicing. After watching Great Walstead and Ardingly play first the girls couldn’t wait to play their first game. Once getting to grips with the rules, the girls kept their shape and passed the ball well to players in support. Harriet and Georgia’s pace proved too quick for Great Walstead, easily bursting into space and scoring quick tries. The girls were confident going into their game against Ardingly and quickly showed who knew more about the game. As in the first game, Copthorne kept their shape and utilized the whole field. Ardingly made it difficult for the girls to keep a rhythm going and to pass the ball quickly as they were constantly off side and not retreating. Going into the second half the girls had nothing to loose, even Georgia’s temporary memory loss (after winning the ball and running to the wrong try line and scoring for the opposition) didn’t affect their fighting spirit.

Although the game ended in a draw, Copthorne played the most stylish and flowing rugby even making some good off loads before being tagged. In the end the girls had an enjoyable day and can’t wait for next time!

Team: Georgia, Reihaanah, Avni, Shaan, Veronica, Harriet, Meg and Joanna.  HP

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