The Crimsons U18s kicked off their campaign on Sunday, in the first Kent League fixture of the season. It’s the first time a female league of this kind has been proposed at U18 level in the country – and the girls were certainly up for it!
Our opposition for the day were the Channel Barbarians (a mix of Thanet and Deal players). After a good warm up with the U15s, the Crimsons were looking fierce, and as usual, weren’t going to be intimidated by their physical-looking opponents.
Playing on the top pitch and in front of a decent crowd, OCs were on top from the first minute, with Prosper showing great pace to score out wide. This was followed by scores from Aaliyah, Maria (who could have had two, were it not for a slippery ball!) and Vera.
The second half started in the same vein, with the BaaBaas unable to match the Colfeian physicality in the tackle and at the breakdown. However, it wasn’t all one-way traffic and the coastal side did not give up, managing to stay in the Crimson 22 for sustained passages. It was pleasing though that our defence remained resolute.
Further tries from Aimee, Chelsea (both), Charlie, Maria, Juliette, Prosper, Kianne and Rebekah meant that the final score-line was fairly impressive. Rebekah also managed to convert 4 of the tries!
Whilst the game finished in a fairly comprehensive victory, what was great to see was the ability of the girls to move the ball into space and support the ball carrier; something which we often struggled with last season. The score/result of the game was irrelevant to the coaches, the most positive thing was to get a good run out under our belts.
Particular mentions should go to our new players for the season; Aimee, Chelsea and Vera. All of whom scored tries, but most pleasingly put in some outstanding tackles too!