Saturday August 20th Hendon Rugby Club.
WINNERS - CUFFLEY LADIES RUGBY FOOTBALL CLUB.
Cuffley Ladies won this four team event, winning all their matches on the day. Against good opposition from Hampstead Ladies, Kilburn Cosmos Ladies and Blackheath 2nds.
We have been training hard this summer in readiness for our first ever season in the RFU ladies league and entered this tournament to further our players development. By winning all our games and in the way we improved with each match we played it is testament to how much work the ladies have put in when training. Cuffley had a small 12 player squad with the rest of the team unavailable and I'm sure equally frustrated due to other commitments. Two of our girls had never played rugby before, Hannah Underhill, who had a brilliant tournament scoring at least two tries with the power and pace we knew she had, and Ashleigh Foreman, who had only picked a rugby ball up 3 weeks ago, showed she will develop into a good player.
The whole squad played really well with Hannah Maguire playing her first game for the club and in the pivotal scrum half position played brilliantly. As is the norm when Cuffley teams play, most sides look to go uncontested as soon as poss., yesterday was no exception, even with two total novices in Holly Lynne and Birthday girl Emma Pittman, added to the powerful Alexandra Ulrich we kept the clubs front row reputation intact.
All our girls played brilliantly but when you have girls like Emma and Alex punching holes in all the defences and both captains Sophie Newman and Courtney Arberry running great support lines, tries came thick and fast.
Our back line showed all the training paid off in both attack and in defence, they worked hard to keep the ball alive and showed glimpses of what's to come this season.
Our tackling was good and we pressurised defensively well, passing was crisp and to hand, we have things to work on but overall we were delighted with the way the whole squad played.
Cuffley Ladies Squad
- Alexandra Ulrich
- Holly Turner
- Emma Pittman
- Courtney Arberry
- Sophie Newman
- Hannah Maguire
- Jade Mitchell
- Charlotte Lovett
- Hannah Underhill
- Nicola Green
- Ashleigh Foreman
- Shira Kilgallon.
Finally, we would like to thank all the Cuffley supporters that made the effort to support the team on the day, players, family and friends. As usual we had by far the best supported team at the tournament.