Wisbech Grammar School girls touch down for first silverware of season
An attacking game in the plate final of an annual tournament secured a win for members of Wisbech Grammar School’s under 18 girls’ rugby A team on Sunday.
Matched against Wootton Upper School in the plate final of the annual Berkhamsted School invitation U18 girls’ sevens tournament, the Wisbech girls were hungry for victory as they came up against a side which they had already beaten 15-0 earlier in the day.
With the trophy in their sights, the girls recorded a convincing 32-5 win, breaking through Wootton’s defence to claim the victory.
There were earlier defeats against a powerful side from Christ’s Hospital School (21-5) and against a strong touring side, Saint Joseph du Loquidy, from Nantes, which went through to the finals.
In a close encounter with a larger Reigate Grammar School side, which had narrowly won at a previous tournament, the Wisbech Grammar School girls got off to a strong start, running in a try, but the opposition was resilient and pulled back the lead. The Wisbech girls added another try to the score line, but came away with a 15-10 defeat.
The B squad, which had been depleted by previous injuries, teamed up with Oundle School to field a side that fought hard against tough competition from Amman Valley School and Bloxham School. Although the girls were unable to put any points on the board, they were strong in defence and counter attacked powerfully.
In the play-offs they lost narrowly to a stronger Wootton Upper side and then to a powerful King Henry VIII School in the finals, but their determination resulted in them taking home the shield trophy.
Coach Anna Dunnet said: “All the girls played exceptionally well, with every pupil making an impact on the pitch.
“Each match and each tournament has seen the girls progressing in confidence in their own abilities, which shows when they play. They have worked extremely hard to get to where they are today and they more than deserve all their achievements.
“We are looking forward to what they will achieve in the future, especially at the upcoming Rosslyn Park National Schools Sevens later this month.”