Girls’ successful trip to Devon

PUBLISHED: 11:41 27 October 2017

Millie Mann.

Millie Mann.


Hornets Under-15 Girls travelled to Devonport Services with girls from Nailsea & Backwell and Cheddar making up the numbers.

Hornets Under-15 Girls made the long trip to Plymouth to take on new opponents Devonport Services.

With a number of girls missing, Hornets were pleased to welcome two girls from Nailsea & Backwell and four from Cheddar for the day, showing that strong ties remain between Hornets and other local clubs. All five girls were a credit to their clubs and coaches Ali O’Connor and Harvey Parsons respectively.

Hornets looked strong from the off and with scrums uncontested, the Hornets front front row of Jess Delaney, Kerri Townsend and Ruby Ebert (Cheddar), all enjoyed some strong runs, while Delaney also made several big hits around the fringes.

Jade Hazzard showed her class, assisted by partner Issy Hobson (Cheddar), who enjoyed a strong first half on her debut. Tianna Franks continues to impress alongside captain Millie Mann and debutant Elsie Harris (Nailsea & Backwell), showed good potential.

New half-back pairing Lottie Dadds and Ella Hutchinson soon forged a slick partnership and created plenty of scoring opportunities for their team. Sophie Adams was partnered with Erin Edwards and caused headaches for the defence throughout the half.

The back three of Paige Hoddinott, Issy Sandy and Lily Jones always looked threatening and first half tries were scored by Adams (2), Hutchinson, Mann, Franks and Edwards, with Adams also adding a conversion.

The second half saw Hornets welcome back Emily Hemmett, Ellie Maher, Jasmine Buckthought and Cheddar’s Lottie Hobson to their pack, while Nailsea’s Mae Falkinder and Heidi Swarbrick-Bennett returned to the back division.

Hemmett continues to improve and Maher is another quick improver, with partner Hobson. Buckthought and Adams made sure the Hornets back row remained a force despite the changes.

Midway through the second period, Devonport enjoyed their best spell, but the Hornets defence held firm. Swarbrick-Bennett showed her versatility by moving into the pack.

Second half tries were added by Adams (2), Hutchinson (2), Mann (2) and Dadds, while Townsend added two conversions.

Adams’ class in both attack and defence was there for all to see, Franks is finding some good consistency in the pack, Hutchinson did a marvellous job in the 10 shirt and Lily Jones looked a major threat with ball in hand. However, player of the match went to Millie Mann.

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