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Beckenham Festival 20/10/2013

This weekend we took our Under 15 girls to Beckenham for a Club Development festival where clubs from Kent, Sussex, Surrey & Essex joined forces to create mixed teams to play a tournament.

Amy, Thea, Coral, Flora, Gemma and Georgina came along and we joined forces with Medway and Colchester to form a 17 strong squad and the girls then played 3 games of 13-a-side full contact rugby.

As this was a development festival the referee advised that he would not be whistling for every technical error or infringement and that the idea was to get the girls playing some good flowing rugby. He was true to his word and the girls went on to enjoy three excellent games.

The first match against Aylsford was understandably a slightly nervy game with many players struggling to work out where they should be standing on the pitch but their attacking and defensive abilities ensured an entertaining game that ended one try apiece. By the time that the second game started the girls had made huge progress and they played some excellent rugby to beat Uckfield 5-0 despite the match being played in torrential rain - and Amy managed to score two tries from Scrum Half. By now the girls were getting a much better idea of where to be on the pitch and also some great insight into which positions they prefer / have the abilities for.

Th girls final game was played against Pulborough who were clearly a much sterner test but by now the girls were really getting into their stride and they managed a 3-1 win Gemma scoring a try and Amy getting her third of the day.

All in all an excellent day out that I think the girls really enjoyed and thanks also to the parents for braving some shocking weather.

Well done girls I was very proud indeed of the way you played and represented the club, thank you.

David McGuigan