Female rugby thriving at Clevedon

PUBLISHED: 10:56 31 October 2018

Clevedon RFC Female Division.

Clevedon RFC Female Division.


Clevedon Rugby Club hosted an afternoon of girls’ and ladies’ rugby at The Vale.

They say rugby is a game played by men with odd shaped balls, not on Sunday at The Vale it wasn’t, where Clevedon Rugby Club hosted an afternoon of girls’ and ladies’ rugby.

First up were the Clevedon and Gordano Under-13 and 15 girls’ teams, against a combination of Frampton Cotterell and Chipping Sodbury appearing as Frambury.

Under the legal watch of Archie Birkbeck, making his refereeing debut at the age of 15, the Under-13s got off to a great start with Tizzi Goss scoring an early try through sheer determination. Frambury replied with a try of their own to level the scores.

From the restart, the ball fell to Adah Bassett who showed her pace to score a breakaway try. With the end of the first quarter in sight, Frambury levelled to score on the whistle.

Despite some determined and spirited defending from Clevedon, a well-drilled Frambury proved to be too strong and ran away with a 55-10 victory. Well done to Ava Bickerstaff for her player of the week award.

Coach Andrew Bassett said: “I was so proud of our girls who showed such persistence and the result did not reflect the effort they put in.”

Over on the other pitch, Clevedon and Gordano Under-15 girls were hard at it in a more balanced encounter. Rosie Wren opened the scoring followed by another in quick succession.

Despite a comeback by Frambury, Clevedon and Gordano had built up a big enough lead they were not going to surrender easily with the score finishing 49-21.

Congratulations to Rosie Wren for winning a well deserved player of the week for a hat-trick of tries. Mentions also to the other try scorers: Ruby (2), Ally, Rosalie, Jade and Lillie.

Big thanks go to all the mothers who helped in the cake sale which raised £121 towards the girls’ tour at the end of the season and also to the coaches Matt Foster, Bryan Harding, Tim Shelton, Andrew Bassett and Nursie Emma Purnell-Harding for their constant and tireless work behind the scenes.

To complete the afternoon, Clevedon Ladies played their first home match of the season against Cheddar.

The game started at full pace when Ellie Dunn scored a try from kick-off, this immediately set the momentum for the game.

Good phases of supportive play by the home side where they showcased their hard work in training saw further tries from Dunn (2) and Maria Roynon within the first 20 minutes, seeing the score line at 26-0 with conversions from Ruth Dives (3).

Cheddar pushed hard and snatched a try themselves. Before the half-time whistle blew, Clevedon continued with determination resulting in an abundance of tries from Lou Watson and converted tries from Georgie Watkins (4) who used her pace and outran Cheddar at every opportunity, Clevedon led 59-5.

Changes were made by both teams at half-time and immediately the game took a different feel, Cheddar came out fighting and scored two converted tries by Dives (Clevedon lend).

However, Clevedon sustained their own game and added to the scoreboard, with further converted tries from Dunn, Watkins and Roynon saw the game’s final score at 80-19.

Captain Cait Chorlton said: “Today as every match day, I walk off the pitch a proud captain, however today on home turf, we played our game and we pulled a top drawer performance.

“I personally want to congratulate every player on the pitch today and a massive thank you to our coaching team of Gary Vickery and James Barzotelli.”

Clevedon host Thornbury Ladies on Sunda, all are welcome to come along and watch.

It is fair to say that the female side of rugby here at Clevedon has grown considerably over the past season and continues to do so and with some very exciting news on the horizon, there is no better time to come and join us!

Clevedon RFC is an inclusive club and welcomes all abilities, ages, shapes and sizes. Training is held at Clevedon RFC – ladies - Wednesdays at 6.45pm (from November 7 at The Hand Stadium at 8:30pm). Girls - Thursdays at 6:30pm (U11s, 13s, 15s, U18s at 7pm).

Check out our Facebook pages to keep up to date with winter training, fixtures and events at Clevedon Ladies Rugby Page or Clevedon Girls Rugby Page.

Email Kerry at clevedonwomensrfc@btinternet.com (ladies) or Cath at clevedongirlsrfc@outlook.com (girls).

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