Folkestone Fillies U15s 44 vs. 5 Medway Girls U15s
By Ian Fell
Folkestone U15s Fillies continued their winning momentum from last season into the first game at the Burlington Field.
The Fillies welcomed a newly formed Medway Girls U15s for their first game as a team bringing 6 players along, some playing for the first time. This is brilliant as more clubs are developing girls’ rugby which is what we like to see. Folkestone lent them 3 players; Shannon Sewell, Grace Connelly and Sapphire Lyons all whom have never played rugby before and from the kick off Folkestone chose to receive. A good pick up by Aimee Webb who drove up the field off loading to captain Mollie Chaffey with Medway’s defensive lines holding firm as a knock on from Folkestone allowed them to gain possession. A brilliant tackle by full back Rowen Hughes broke down Medway’s attack and Folkestone gained possession through Webb who offloaded to Chaffey once again and sprinted towards the try line, with Hughes converting, 7-0.
Folkestone were always on the attack however Medway held their defensive lines well and a turn over ball resulted in Danni Pickup making a try saving tackle on Folkestone’s 5 metre line. Turn over ball resulted in Chaffey sprinting 60 metres up the pitch for her second try of the day, 13-0. Folkestone’s defensive lines were strong through tackles by Morin Braimoh and Emily Loome, and Folkestone were able to turn the ball over once again through scrum half Alex Thorpe and fly-half Sophia Morrissey, who offloaded to Pickup on the wing to score Folkestone’s third try going into half time, 17-0.
Folkestone switched players around at half time allowing Sewell, Connelly and Lyons to play for the home team and Loome, Braimoh and Pickup volunteered to put on a Medway shirt: thank you girls. Folkestone kicked off into the wind and charged down their kick which resulted in Chaffey picking up the ball and scoring her third try of the afternoon, 22-0. From the kick off Morrissey offloaded to Amy Davis who sprinted through Medway’s defence before passing to Hughes to score Folkestone’s fifth try, 27-0.
The backs were beginning to enjoy themselves as they saw plenty of ball and a combination between Hughes and Morrissey resulted in Chaffey scoring her fourth try, 32-0. An injury to Morrissey resulted in Folkestone being a player down but kept the momentum going. Medway kicked off and the ball had travelled not even a metre with Folkestone closing in and then standing still looking at the ball without even picking it up, looking to referee Ian Fell for guidance! This resulted in a scrum to Folkestone and the forwards came up against strong Kent players but held firm as the ball travelled out to the wing through Lyons and Connelly combining before offloading to Hughes to get her second try of the afternoon, and Webb adding the conversion, 39-0.
Once again Folkestone chased down their kick with Megan Jones picking up the ball before offloading to Captain Chaffey for her fifth try, 44-0. Within the last few minutes of the game Folkestone lapsed concentration for the first time as Medway from the scrum were able to penetrate Folkestone’s defence with a try of their own, ending the game 44-5.
A tremendous effort by all the girls who put in 110% and dominated most of the game with discipline and patience, and well done to the girls who put on a Medway shirt so everyone could play.
Team: Megan Jones, Emily Loome, Aimee Webb, Amy Davis, Dannii Pickup, Sophia Morrissey, Alex Thorpe, Mollie Chaffey, Morin Braimoh, Rowen Hughes, Shannon Sewell, Grace Connelly and Sapphire Lyons.