Kenilworth Ladies claim victory on very first outing
Kenilworth Ladies travelled to Five Ways Old Edwardians for their very first game and came away with a 27-22 win. Following the disappointment of last week’s opposition pulling out at the last minute, the ladies were full of excitement and enthusiasm leading up to Sunday’s game.
K’s got off to a very impressive start after Helena Allison-Moore in full back caught the ball from kick off and escaped 4 tackles to score in the corner. Shortly after, No 8 turned outside centre Caroline Spence runs through a very strong Five Ways defence to score under the post which Skipper and Fly half Munday converts, bringing the score to 0-12 after the first 10 minutes. Five Ways then upped their game, by scoring their first try of the game after taking a quick tap penalty from the 20 meter line and breaking through a fairly lapsed defensive line. Another defensive error by the Ks saw Five Ways run another try past which brought the score to 10-12.
Only 5 minutes till the end of the second half, Kenilworth know that they desperately need to score again before the end of the half. A clever bit of forward play and excellent rucking sees rookie Chelsea Lea Williams get the ball out to Scrum half Penna which leads to the ball getting into the hands of No. 14 Pheobe Howles who runs 30m down the line to score. HT score 10-17.
Both teams return to the pitch, Ks kick off and take their eyes off the ball for a few seconds, Five Ways catch, spin out wide to the backs which run the ball down the left wing to score and this time convert which evens out the score. Both teams now know that they’ve got all to play for. More attempts by Five Ways to run a few more tries down the Left wing are foiled as brand new player Dacullo fearlessly making some try saving tackles to stop the speedy experienced opposition.
Both teams are suffering from the 18 degree heat, the rucks get scrappy but Ks are still fighting for like they want this more. The mauls also get exhausting and with the ball is going nowhere, Five Ways get the scrum but Hooker Giacomelli-Harris wins the ball against the head which gets the ball out to the Ks back line. Once again Howles gets hold and scores, bringing the score to 17-22. Quick response by Five Ways sees them score again which evens the score to 22-22.
Only 7 minutes to go and Kenilworth will not leave without a fight, however Dacullo has to be taken off due to a blood injury which gets Ks down to 14. Opposition refuse to drop a player but Ks don’t let this phase them. Ks play possibly the best they have in these last few minites, holding that defensive line as strong as they can but also taking every opportunity they get to go past the try line. Referee calls last play and it’s a Kenilworth scrum. Beautiful scrummaging by the K forwards gets clean ball out to the backs, new comer Massey gets hold of the ball and takes it down the line to score in the corner, taking the final score to 22-27. Player of the match was Full back Allison-Moore. Kenilworth are looking forward to their next match away to Old Newtonians on October 18th.