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Sunday, 19th February 2017

Andover RFU Ladies 7’s Touch team visited Aldershot & Fleet at the weekend, for their long awaited first tournament of the season. 

The young and inexperienced side consisting of 3 under 18’s, 2 of which were amongst 4 of the 9 in the squad playing in their 1st tournament, as the team rebuilds after losing 10 of last season’s squad to injury, retirement or other reasons.

Although the results were not what he would have liked, 1 draw and 3 loses, Andover’s coach was both proud and happy with the effort and performance of the team in both defence and attack.

1st game was against host Aldershot and Fleet who got off to an early start, with Andover giving them a little too much space by not pressing hard enough in defence it allowed their flying left wing to score twice.

A short chat at half time saw Andover shore up their defence and score the only try of the 2nd half, a well worked move of the back of a scrum which saw Sue Mitchell pass to Agnieszka Tyszewicz who’s speed took her into the corner to score.

Game 2 was against last year’s champions Fordingbridge, who with an almost full strength squad, boosting only 1 new player, were always going to be hard opposition. This was not helped by an inexperience referee who didn’t ensure Fordingbridge retired back onside at the ruck, allowing them to constantly be offside.  Something the experience Fordingbridge side used to good advantage, actually scoring 1 of their 3 tries via an interception by an offside player.

Possibly more frustrating though this stop Andover’s attack and resulted in tries by Sue Mitchell and Agnieszka Tyszewicz, who were touched by clearly offside defenders, being disallowed but Andover have learnt a useful lesson, to play to the referee.

Andover last 2 games were both against Farnborough, a 1 all draw and a 2 – 1 lost. Sue Mitchell scored the Andover points in both games, which were finely balanced affairs and could have gone either way, the difference in the 2 – 1 loss being an awarded try, after a good touch called by Andrea Szasz was ignored by the referee.

A hard day, enjoyed by everyone, in which 100% was given on the pitch and setting the bench mark for improvement over the rest of the season.

Well done in her 1st tournament to Georgina Blunden, who was awarded Andover Player of the Tournament, a hard decision due to great performances by all of the squad – Claire Hollishead (Captain), Agnieszka Tyszewicz (Vice-Captain), Sue Mitchell (Player Manager), Emma Hunter, Tara Bradbury and 1st timers Emily Porter, Caitlin Killick and Andrea Szasz.

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.


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