Kings of Wessex girls win through to national playoffs.


Alicia. - Credit: Archant

The Kings of Wessex Academy girls’ Under-15 rugby team played in the national finals at Twickenham.

THE Kings of Wessex Academy girls’ Under-15 rugby team played in the national finals of the RFU-organised schools tournament and won through to the play-offs.

Unbeaten in the pool stages at Richmond Rugby Club, where they played against teams from across the country, the girls won through to the play-offs held at Twickenham.

The Cheddar girls played at the home of English rugby in front of thousands of fans who had gathered for the annual Army-Navy match and triumphed in a tough match against Park House, Newbury, to secure a national third place.

In the pool stages, Kings captain captain Emily Czechowski led from the front by scoring a hat-trick of tries. There were also scores by Beth Adams, Amy Godwin, Ruby Wilkinson and Ellie Darby.

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Taking to the pitch at Twickenham in the ensuing play-off match against Park House, any nerves that may have been present quickly disappeared as Kings settled into their game.

Gathering a loose ball, Liliana Podpadec broke the line and made a powerful run before offloading to Ellie Darby to score the opening try. Park House responded well to level the scores.

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The move of the match was started by Ruby Wilkinson running out of defence. The ball was moved swiftly through a dozen hands until it reached Alicia Pollard whoburst through the Park House defence to score the winning try - her first this season.

All the girls in the Kings team also play for Winscombe and to finish the season on such a high note is just reward for a group who had little experience of full contact rugby a year ago.

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