A good determined game from the Selby u18 Pens
By Karen Ratcliffe
Hat trick for Charlotte Carter
On a bright, clear Sunday afternoon the u18 girls began to turn up nonchalantly at Sandhill Lane ready for their match against Old Brodleians, who were equally casually turning up with a laid back approach to an afternoon of rugby. The Selby team, supported by three players from Sheffield and one from Malton made up a good squad of 12 - good numbers, which 24 hours previously had looked doubtful!
If you’ve ever watched a girls match of rugby, you could be excused for thinking it will never happen – wrong shoes, no shorts, gum shields misplaced, final text messages and social media checked, quick dash to the loo as the ref is about to blow his starting whistle, all contribute to a frustrated and anxious group of pacing coaches and managers across both the teams.
I paint a grim picture – but oh how these girls change as that whistle blows at 2 o’clock! Its feisty, hard-hitting and gutsy from all members of both teams. Old Brods, a seasoned team and play together well, were quick to score twice, but Selby soon retaliated with a full pitch run from Isobel Stevens – she has been waiting to be unleashed all season and seized her opportunity and went for it. The conversion from Jemma Fieldsend crept over the bar and the girls’ heads came up and they knew that this was going to be a good match. The spectators raised their voices, the coaches were buzzing and an afternoon of great rugby from both sides ensued.
The ladies played with passion and determination, showing skills that would rival any lads game. Tackles were made hard and accurately but as the girls tired, the Brods girls found the gaps in Selby’s defence and wracked their score up.
That’s not to say Selby didn’t score - three determined and unwavering runs from Charlotte Carter should be applauded and Ellie Green capitalised on a mishandled Brods ball and powered her way through to be under the posts. Jemma, once again, kept her cool and converted twice more to end the Selby score at 31-48. Each team member contributed to a good game and showed more confidence and maturity as a team and will face Scarborough in the Cup match next Sunday with renewed determination.
The Selby u18 girls have improved with much game play over the last few weeks against more established teams and keep coming back more resolute and keen to win. Some of these girls have been with the Selby Pens since the start of girls’ rugby at Sandhill Lane when they were 13 years old and will see the start of the Selby Ladies team in the 2020/21 season – a positive and welcome move forward for Selby RUFC.
If you fancy giving it a “try” come down on Wednesday evenings in the new year at 7.00 pm and join the team – you won’t regret it.