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Sunday, 26th February 2017
Andover Ladies 7s Touch Team travelled down to Fordingbridge for their 2nd tournament of the season.
The side still rebuilding after the loss of 16 players from last season, were looking to improve on the 1 draw and 3 losses in their 1st tournament, in which they leaked 8 tries and their 3. Training had gone well, concentrating on defence and a few set piece moves with Coach Carl Borg-Neal hoping their hard work would pay dividends on the day.
1st up were Winchester and a 2 - 0 win, Agnieszka Tyszewicz scoring both. 1st a set move of the scrum with Sue Mitchell drawing the blind side wing before let Agnieszka free to score in the corner. 2nd score saw Andover drive up hard in the centre before quickly spanning the ball out wide for Agnieszka to speed away in to the corner again.
Next up the home side, Andover defended hard stopping wave after wave of Fordingbridge attack, but this was no one sided affair, as Andover attacked hard themselves and the home side look nervous. However, it was Fordingbridge who broke the stalemate late in the 2nd half, when a try was awarded despite the player being tagged by an onside as well as an offside player and this was to be deciding factor in a close contest.
Andover's next opponents were Aldershot and Fleet who had beaten Fordingbridge, 1 - 0, in their 1st game. Andover's defensive efforts were again immense, putting pressure on Aldershot and Fleet in centre and giving their fast wingers no time or space out wide, but neither could they break down the Aldershot and Fleet defence and the edgy contest end a 0-0 draw.
Andover's final game was against Winchester and the Andover team, now full of confidence, were told to just go out and enjoy themselves and that they did. A 3rd Try for Agnieszka Tyszewicz and 1 each for Andrea Szasz and debutant Lydia Haywood, all well worked scores with Andover breaking down the Winchester defence up the centre before spinning the ball wide saw them win 3-0.
2 wins, a draw and a loss, 5 scores for and 1 against, what an improvement, but how to pick a player of the tournament, it had to be shared Agnieszka Tyszewicz for her 3 tries and Emma Hunter for an outstanding defensive effort and her distribution work in the centre.
Team - Claire Hollishead (Captain), Agnieszka Tyszewicz (Vice-Captain), Sue Mitchell (Player Manager), Emma Hunter, Emily Porter, Andrea Szasz, Georgina Blunden and Lydia Haywood.
Andover Ladies Touch Rugby team train every Tuesday evening from 7.15, this is a fast fun non-contact version of rugby, suitable or all abilities and ages from 14 years upwards, if you are interested contact the club or just turn up one Tuesday, you will be welcomed.