Winscombe Warriors celebrate a successful season

Winscombe Warriors enjoyed a successful season with many players representing Somerset.

WINSCOMBE Warriors Under-15 girls started their second season of rugby back in September with high hopes of winning more games than losing.

One of the highlights of the season was a narrow victory at Yatton and a more convincing 33-10 win over a Wales select team.

The girls won all 20 games they played, scoring 1,137 points and conceded just 135. Eloise Darby scored a massive 40 tries to top the scoring charts, followed by hooker Charlotte Wright-Hayley (29) and winger Beth Adams (19), while 11 other players scored tries, ensuring the scores were spread amongst the whole team.

Lucy Burgess converted an impressive 88 conversions and penalties and Amy Godwin five.

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The Warriors also won the South West Bicton invitational sevens tournament and the Worcester 10-a-side super six event against the best teams in the country.

Ten players went on to represent Somerset: Lucy Burgess, Chantelle Hartnup, Ruby Wilkinson, captain Hattie Stephens, Amy Godwin, Sophia Johnson, Ellie Darby, Charlotte Wright-Hayley, Beth Adams, and Jess Cooksey.

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Three of the players went on to represent the South West - Jess Cooksey, Amy Godwin and Hattie Stephens, with both Somerset and South West winning their championships.

At the presentation evening held at the Winscombe clubhouse, two England players - Sophie Hemming and Izzy Noel Smith were guests and the awards were given out by head coach Gareth Waterfield.

Awards - coaches award: Sophia Johnson; players’ player award: Amy Godwin; most improved player: Ruby Wilkinson; supporter’s player of the year: Charlotte Wright-Hayley; player of the year: Amy Godwin.

Under-18s - coaches award: Olivia Ball; players’ player: Alice Low; most improved player: Holly Baines; player of the year: Lil Podpadec.

Four of the Under-18s went on to represent Somerset, including inspirational captain Emily Czechowski, with Olivia Ball also representing the South West.

Head of girls rugby at Winscombe, Gareth Waterfield, thanked everyone for their efforts through the season, the coaching team of Tony Hayley, Paul Burgess and Tom Cooksey and the parents for their support.

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