7th Dec, 2016

Evesham girls are setting the pace

Liam Moakes 25th Nov, 2015 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016

EVESHAM RFC girls are flourishing in the West Midlands Girls Tag League having won three of the five tournaments so far, finished second in one and fourth in the other.

These results have put Evesham clear at the top of the league with eight more tournaments to go.

Their last outing was on Sunday at Shipston-on-Stour and this event brought more than 140 girls together from nine clubs across the Midlands.

For only the second time this season, Evesham had numbers to enter two teams into the event.

Both teams were drawn in pools of three in the first round, which meant they could face each other in the semi-finals.

Evesham Blue started well against Yardley but failed to capitalise on their half time lead and missed out on two clear try-scoring opportunities and lost by the odd try at the death.

They regrouped and overpowered Berkswell & Balsall Common in their second game to win by seven clear tries, but the loss to Yardley did cost them a semi-final place.

Evesham Reds went through to the semi-final after two comfortable wins over Shipston B and Kenilworth.

In the last four they defeated Yardley to earn a place in the final against Bournville.

The final went from end to end as teams took the lead in the first half before parity was restored.

Evesham scored a try late in the second half which looked to have secured tournament victory for them but, in the last play of the game, Emily Lacy just missed putting the ball into touch deep in Bournville’s half and a safe gather from Bournville’s wing and an amazing darting run through Evesham’s defensive line led to an equalising try.

However, Evesham scored two tries late in extra time to seal victory.

Player of the tournament was Abigail Lacy who produced her best performances in an Evesham shirt to date.

The girls are next in action at Bournville on December 6. Training will take place at Albert Road at 10.30am this Sunday.