PLYMOUTH ALBION U15 GIRLS 27 OAKMEADIANS U15 GIRLS 12
The Conditions were wet and playing on Plymouth Albion’s 1st Team Pitch both sides all played their part in what was an entertaining open game with some excellent running rugby, and solid tackling.
Plymouth were the first side to make a break through when one of their players broke through a couple of tackles to touch down. It was not long though before Oaks fought back, and took the lead with a converted try scored by Sammy Clover running ¾ of the length of the pitch evading tackles before touching down under the post this was then converted by Jamie-Lee White. Oaks then went down to 9 players with Rachel Scattergood picking up an injury. The Plymouth girls came back strongly using their bigger forwards to take the ball forward with good effect resulting in them regaining the lead with a converted. The home side scored a third try to extend their lead at half time to17 v 7.
Not long into the second half Rachel Scattergood returned to the game having recovered from her injury in the first half. The second half was end to end with Plymouth adding a further 2 tries, separated by a try scored from good driving forward play from Oaks with both Amy Rawlings and Kayleigh Wright having hands on the ball when the ball was touched down it was agreed to award the try to Kayleigh. With both sides having several probing attacks, there was some excellent tackling from the Oaks girls who kept on playing never giving up and always believing they could get back into the game and if not for some good tackles made by Plymouths girls then the scores could have been closer.
It was another good display with all the players playing their part in a very good performance. Player of the Match was awarded to Sammy Clover.
Sammy Clover 1 Try
Kayleigh Wright 1 Try
Jamie-Lee White 1 Conversion
PLYMOUTH ALBION U18 GIRLS 0 OAKMEADIANS U18 GIRLS 17
Despite some injuries and unavailability of players we were able to field a full side plus 8 substitutes for the long trip to Plymouth Albion where the girls had the luxury of playing on their 1st team pitch.
Oaks started slowly still feeling the effects of the long journey and with both sides managing to keep the pressure on for concerted periods with only some good tackling from Plymouths back row stopping the Oaks forwards from breaking through, when the ball came out to the backs Oaks looked a threat with the pace on the wings and full back joining the line but again good defense from the Plymouth backs preventing any score.
After a period of pressure the first score went to Oaks when good pressure in defense in the Plymouth half from the Oaks players forced a dropped pass in Plymouths 22, Sophie Bishop took advantage of this to go over in the corner for a half time score 0 - 5
The second half was more of the same with a very even contest but as the game went on Oaks began to have increased possession of the ball putting more concerted attacks together which Plymouth defended well against. The second try came from good pressure in defense from the forwards resulting in Oaks increasing the score through Sally Dimmer which was unconverted to take the score to 0-10. Oaks continued to put the pressure on which eventually led to a third try scored and converted by Chantelle McClure. Both sides played their part in a very entertaining open game of rugby with some very good defense and tackling from both sides. Choosing the player of the match was very difficult due to every player having played their part in a deserved victory and after much deliberation the player of the match was given to Kiriko Lose.
Final score 0 - 17
Sophie Bishop - 1 Try
Sally Dimmer - 1 Try
Chantelle McClure - 1 Try, 1 Conversion
Oakmeadians 60 - Bournemouth 07 (Sunday 07th December 2008)
Visiting Chapel Gate and with both teams fielding reduced numbers the U15’s girl’s match against Bournemouth saw three of our players being sent across on loan to Bournemouth, making the match nine a side.
From the whistle the determination of the Oakmeadians girl’s was obvious and despite a number of handling errors due to nerves within the first few minutes of the game they soon crossed the whitewash with Jess Bowler touching down for her first try.
A spirited attempt from Bournemouth came to nothing and saw our girl’s pile on the pressure and the points with Robyn Gray crossing the line for our second try with Jess Bowler slotting the conversion to bring the score to 12 - 0, within the first ten minutes.
From there Oakmeadians girl’s took full control of the match and this saw Jess Bowler stretching her legs and the lead by scoring another two tries and converting one of them to bring the score up to a healthy 24 - 0.
Further relentless pressure saw Kat Jones go over to make the score 29 - 0 and up stepped Jess Bowler to slot the extra two points bringing the score to 31-0, when just before the break Bournemouth struck back with a well worked try and conversion bringing the score at the half time whistle to 31 - 7.
After the break the Oakmeadians girl’s got straight back to work with Rachel Ainsworth making the score board tic over to 36 – 7 while Robyn Gray crossed the line for her second try of the match and Jess Bowler stepped up for the conversion brining the score to 43 – 7.
A blistering breakaway from Jess Bowler saw her and Bex Twamley the only two players anywhere near the sticks and with a friendly pass saw Bex Twamley place the ball sweetly between the posts to bring the score line up to 48 – 7.
Not finished yet we saw another well worked team effort, with a mix of forwards and backs getting in on the act before Jess Bowler again crossed the line with two further tries in almost as many minutes, adding another conversion to the total saw the final score reach 60 – 7 to Oakmeadians.
Despite being down in numbers Bournemouth gave their all, but the strength and quick thinking of our girl’s maintained an impressive scoring rate which they have done throughout the season so far, and the old Oak’s spirit shone through with a fantastic display of running rugby and 100% commitment and team work.