Boudicca Belles 10 Billericay Bees 1
Colchester's 1st ever Ladies Touch side start the season off with an almighty victory over Billericay
History was made at Colchester Rugby Club on Sunday 10th January as the first ever Colchester Ladies Touch Team took to the field against Billericay Bees in their first competitive match. The team train once a week at Colchester Rugby Club and demonstrated that they are developing their skills with a good win against their willing and competitive opponents. The game was played over four 10 minute periods to allow regular player rotation and coaching opportunities.
The occasion was met by a great home supporting crowd and the sun beamed down on the 1st team pitch as the Ladies set to make history; they did not disappoint winning the game 10-1 (touch rugby scoring; 1 try= 1 point)
The opening stages were tight and tense as both sides got used to the occasion and each other. The first try came from Nikki Light who intercepted a loose pass and raced away from half way to score. This try seemed to settle the home side and from this point onwards Colchester had much the better of things. Showing good structure and organisation in defence, Colchester limited the threat from the Billericay side whilst creating regular scoring opportunities of their own. As the game progressed, Colchester utilised the width of the pitch to good effect and, with quick ball movement, created space on the outside to give the home wide players some good ball to run with.
Colchester scored a further nine tries throughout the game; the scorers being Sian Smith (2), Rose Mankee (1), Sian Fahie (1), Beth Blacklock (2), Laura Parker (1), Kay Blackman (1) and Cristina D’Andrea (1)
It is to their great credit that Billericay remained competitive throughout the game and the away side scored a consolation score close to the end of the game.
Boudicca Belles Touch Rugby Squad: Nikki Light, Rosie Mankee, Becki Hare, Sian Smith, Cristina D'Andrea, Frances Davies, Lorraine Boggis, Laura Parker, Kellie Dove, Jade Seal, Tracey Seal, Sian Fahie, Helena Butcher, Phoebe Stringer, Kay Blackman, Sally Anderson-Wai, Beth Blacklock