The early May Bank Holiday was the scene of the 2018 Worthing Girls’ 10s Festival. On a beautiful sunny weekend, girls’ rugby teams came from all over the south of England for a weekend of camping, rugby and fun.
Saturday hosted the U11’s and U13s matches, with Worthing’s girls giving a good account of themselves, despited having a small squad which meant that all 9 girls had to play the entirety of every game. Their results did not reflect their heart and ability, and they left the pitch with smiling faces.
U15s and U18s matches were played on the Sunday. The U15s were, unusually, quick out of the blocks, and won their first game against a very physical Rochford team. Further wins agains Hove and Old Alleynians meat they had won thier pool and were in the semi-final. Suddenly it seemed possible that they could go all the way. A hard fought win against Eton Manor meant they went through to play the final on the first team pitch against Dorchester, against whom they had recenlty lost. Despite Dorchester scoring first, the girls stuck to their task, eventually winnning 28-5 to lift the trophy. Everyone is hugely proud of every one of the girls, and thewin could not have happened without the effort and team spirit of every one of the 29 members of the squad.
An injury hit 18s joint Worthing and Hove team reached the semi final of their competition before losing narrowly to Medway.