Hornettes holding their own in higher league

PUBLISHED: 09:11 13 January 2017 | UPDATED: 09:11 13 January 2017

Sid Clarke.

Sid Clarke.


Hornettes ladies are holding their own after gaining promotion into the Women's National Conference South West 1 League.

Two seasons ago, Hornettes ladies won their league and were promoted into the Women’s National Conference South West 1 League.

This was the result of four years of hard work and team-building, it was a proud moment for all within the club who had helped the team reach this achievement.

Last year, the Hornettes found the higher league a much tougher prospect, travelling further afield to play their league fixtures against much tougher opposition. The team stood up the challenges of the season and were pleased to end the season mid-table.

The New Year brings the recently completed artificial playing and training surface at the Hornets club and this will be exciting to play upon and offers us something that none of our rivals have.

The Hornettes ladies travelled to Chipping Sodbury for their latest game and gave a spirited performance, despite losing 30-7.

The home pack were bigger and tried to run through the Hornettes up front, but the visitors tackled hard and held up the initial drives, with Hannah Handsford to the fore.

Sodbury created a gap to score a try, but Hornettes hit back with good play by scrum-half Kerrianne Williams. The hosts eventually regained the ball and scored the second try of the game, before adding another right on half-time.

After the break, the hosts stretched the visitors defence before scoring in the corner. Hornettes replied with some outstanding attacking play, with Hannah Powell making a break and offloading to Sid Clark, who scored under the posts and converted her own try.

Sodbury replied with a try after forward pressure and scored again with 10 minutes remaining, with Hornettes defending with pride and passion for the remainder of the game.

The ladies have the privilege of hosting Cullompton at the official RFU opening event for the new artificial grass pitch on Sunday at 2.30pm.

The Hornettes train on Wednesday evenings at the club between 7-8.30pm, with food provided by the club for those who train and with the club physiotherapist on hand to help sort out any knocks or niggles.

Hornettes are hosting a pitch up and play session (on the new artificial surface) for any ladies who wish to come along and have some fun and a run about. Rugby is a game for all shapes and sizes.

Pop along on January 29 between 3-5pm, no experience is necessary, but if you have not played for a while and are thinking about returning to the game, come on down we will be pleased to see you.

If you are interested in the pitch up and play or in training with the ladies, please call Rhi on 07729 245701 or email hornettesrugby@aol.co.uk, or find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: HornettesRugby

Hornettes Under-13s welcomed Minehead to The Nest for the first game of the New Year and on the new AGP pitch.

The game was evenly matched with good tackling, handling and team play. The tries came from small errors and quick thinking in contact from both sides. The home team pushed hard in the last five minutes and after some strong rucking and passing managed a final score of 40-35 to Hornettes.

Emily L, Willow H, Paige S all scored two tries each, with Paige H and Kayla G scoring one. Special mention for Hornettes Under-15 player Meg Snook, who refereed her first game, with just a small amount of guidance from both sets of coaches.

Any girls aged 10-18 or ladies 18+ looking to try a new sport or to return to rugby, please contact Emma Small on 07557 967257 or email hornettesrugby@aol.co.uk

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