Chard ladies serve up try fest to end the season
PUBLISHED: 06:50 30 April 2018 | UPDATED: 06:50 30 April 2018
In an end of season feast of running rugby, Chard ladies played against a combination of local teams as well as some of their own, to ensure that the final match of the season allowed all players to show their attacking skills ready for their entry into league rugby next season, writes David Webb.
Initially Chard dominated the early phases with strong running seeing Jade Mowlem scoring the first try followed quickly by a brace from Kerry Harris to take Chard into a 15-0 lead.
The Barbarians then started playing together as a team and replied with a score of their own with Georgia Adams converting the first of her seven successful conversions in a faultless kicking display.
With the strong running of the Chard backs beginning to take effect Mowlem broke through the pressured Barbarians defence to extend the lead. Elaine Stainer who was kicking in a match for the first time succeeded with the conversion with only a little bit of coaching from referee Simon Jenkins. Player of the Match, Amelia Gilbert, then scored the first of her two tries before the Barbarians replied to take the half-time score to a competitive 27-14.
The second half was dominated by the experienced Chard side, with tries being scored regularly through a brave, but tiring Barbarians defence. It was not all easy however as Beth Kelly, Suzzanah Wilton and Lorna Boobyer played throughout for the Barbarians tackling hard , and making charging runs into the Chard defensive line.
Both Jade Mowlem and Kerry Harris scored 4 tries, with others from Gilbert, Sarah Kneeshaw and Adams making the final score 69-26 to Chard. The result however did not matter.
What this match showed is how far Chard ladies have come over the past few seasons under the guidance of Matt and Dean the coaches.
Rain or shine (usually rain) the pair have been constantly working and encouraging the ladies to improve and become a team. This season they have become that.
Next season will see their first foray into League rugby, and with the same commitment and support then it will be an exciting prospect.
Highlight of the game was Emma Harris, who, faced with Beth Kelly charging towards her, politely asked her to ‘please go away’ as she made yet another tackle.
All in all this really was a great end to the season.