PERSHORE Women’s Touch Rugby Club were the top try-scorers – out of a record 12 teams – competing in Sunday’s fifth round of the Midlands Ladies Touch League tournament at Ross.
For a second league tournament of the 2014 season, Pershore pushed three-time league champions Bromyard to a ‘drop off’ in the final.
The local women scored a club record 32 tries in their pool of six, with the next highest team try count being 26, and they conceded no tries, including in the semi-final when they won 3-0 against Ross.
The Pershore squad went on to meet champions Bromyard in the final, but the margin between the two teams is now so small that by full time neither team had scored, so it went to a drop off – each side losing a player every two minutes until, with four players a side – Bromyard scored.
The result means Pershore were runners-up at the tournament and, in the overall standings in the league, retain their second place on 42 points.
With only four more league tournaments to play between now and the end of the touch season in November, they are likely to be very keenly contested.
Alice Keylock, Pershore women’s coach and player, said: “Pershore are playing really creative, expansive rugby now and in all of our matches the squad takes control and plays the type of game that it is good at, which is really fast and with very tight defence.”
Pershore players on Sunday were: Sharon Moore, Irene Joslin (2 tries), Kiele Doyle (3 tries), Teresa Crowley (5 tries), Sue Breay (2 tries), Fizz Bewley (4 tries), Emmie Bewley (10 tries – a club record and earning her club player of the tournament), Verity Farr (6 tries), Emma Field (3 tries).
Fizz Bewley, chairwoman of the touch rugby section of PRFC, said: “The women are developing so well as a team and are really learning to play touch as it should be played, which is such fun, but competitions are just one part of what we do as a club.
“Playing touch for recreation is a key part too, since our whole ethos is to encourage as many people as possible, men and women, from 13 years upwards, to have a go.
“Because it is a non-contact sport we play mixed, as well as women’s, touch rugby.”
Touch rugby training takes place at PRFC every Wednesday at 7.30pm and Sunday at 10am. Anyone aged 13 and over can come along and have a go at touch rugby. The first three sessions are free.
Throughout June and July the club are also staging mixed, open, pay-and-play match nights costing 50p for 13 to 18-year-olds and £1 for seniors. Contact Fizz on 01905 381080 for details.