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Chingford Foundation School


Squad: Shammar Sowah, Alice Summerville, Anna O’Connell, Taylor Fitzpatrick, Kya Lestrade-Hoilette,  Kiaya Browne, Jade Johnson, Annie Lawson, Aaliyah McGuire and Asha Stobbart

Our Year 8 girls took part in a heavily contested rugby tournament at Peter May sports centre on Monday 2nd February.   It was a really cold day and I did wonder if we would be able to compete with some of the other teams who seemed to have prior knowledge of the game. Our girls had not even seen a rugby ball before which was apparent in the skills and small games played before-hand to warm them up.  However, I was to be proved so wrong, the girls shone at this game!  They were fast, competitive, powerful and skilful in every aspect of the game.  They played and won all six pool of their pool games, destroying the other teams, scoring try after try.  Asha Stobbart, Alice Summerville and Anna O’Connell the main try scorers in the first games.  Anna was immensely strong in both attack and defence, and the whole team’s defence was excellent, stopping many tries against them.  Jade Johnson took a hit for the team but bounced back with assertion and at one point three of our players were trying to tackle but ended up in a pile on top of each other!  They got up and played like nothing had happened. 

We reached the semi- final against Frederick Bremers and eased through.  Aaliyah McGuire and Annie Lawson scoring to win the game for us quite convincingly. 

In the finals we were against Walthamstow School for Girls.  We stormed to a superb win, 4 tries to 1, with Annie Lawson scoring 3 of the tries with her lightning pace and wonderful ability to drop her shoulder, run through the defence and find the space to weave!  She is a natural talent and was spotted by the Rugby Football Union representative who was not only impressed with her but the whole team. 

They deserve the win as they were superb and they now go on to represent the Waltham Forest Borough in Twickenham in March 2015. 

Well done girls, you were a pleasure to watch and good luck in the next round.

Ms Burridge