Playing on home ground Medway Ladies played hard against the elements.
With strong winds,rain and heavy mud under foot Medway's defence was outstanding, as Old D's who are top of our league was given a game they didn't expect.
Medway fort hard and put in some outstanding lines of play and tackles as they were put under constant pressure from Old D's but Old D's broke though twice and at half time the score was 10-0
Medway battled on even harder in the second half with even stronger's wind and rain against them, but never gave up and continued to attack strong although by now the weather conditions, tired legs, and very heavy underfoot started to show it's toll. This left the final score 27-0
Well done to all that played, but a big well done to Tammy Bent who played her first game and displayed a good rugby playing future.
Players were Leanne Ogston,Tina Stone, Ann Robertson, Leigh Elliott, Lindsey Duncan, Gemma Duncan, Tammy Bent, Cassie Main, Amy Bird, Sasha Bloomfield, Zena Abbott, Liz Shaw.
Ladies if you want to do something different join us at Medway's Priest field's grounds every Tuesday and Thursday at 7.30pm for training and fitness.
Great win for Medway Ladies
Medway played host to Blackheath Ladies and put in a fantastic performance on Sunday.
As the whistle blew and with the wind assisting the visitors Medway charged Blackheath down and scored the first try with in two minutes of the game by Ann Robertson.
Medway restarted with some excellent work by the forwards in particular Zoe Abbott and Gemma Duncan who kept the ball in hand working up the pitch until it was passed out to fast runner Lindsay Duncan who kept on running over the try line.
The pattern was then repeated with Medway putting pressure on with excellent continuity with the ball in hand allowing Charlotte Cooke to score once more for Medway.
As the line out was formed and Blackheath struggled against the wind, 2nd row Tina Stone stole the ball away from them and thundered up the pitch keeping the ball close and in possession with her forwards supporting her until she popped it out to prop Zena Abbott who bounded safely and triumfortly over the scoring line. Ball converted leaving the half time score 27-10
The second half saw Medway play with the biting wind against them, and Blackheath were allowed no time to settle as Medway dominated all phases with their recent concentration at training being put into place as the creative backline Kelly Dodd and Sasha Bloomfield passed and ran with more confidence enabling Leanne Ogston to charge through scoring another well earned try.
The closing stages of the game sore the forwards impose themselves in particular Natalie Jemmett and Amy Bird with constant rucks and mauls enabling little Cassie Main to get the ball free to Charlotte who once again scored a much deserved try.
A triumphant win for Medway Ladies if you would like to join us training at 7.30pm on Tuesdays at Priestfields.
Medway traveled to Old Dunstonians with only 14 players, and all should take great credit for a good defensive display and tremendous effort on the part of the whole team. With 2 ladies playing there first game, Kelly Dodd and Lindsay Duncan, well done.
The first half proved to be a fast running game as Old D's ran over the try line 5 times but unable to convert there efforts.
For the first time this season the forwards could play contested scrums and once more medway showed what a powerful pack they had, winning the majority of the scrum mages.
Medway's line outs provided a good platform, with some excellent work from cassie main securing good ball for the back's to use.
Just before half time Medway's fly half Charlotte Cooke ( i never a wear a pair of matching socks) took a quick tap penalty as old d's started to loose their discipline to score our much needed first try.
Half time came with the home side leading by 25 to 5
The second half started a lot better for Medway , with the forwards sucking the Old D's player repeatedly with continues driving maul's up the pitch. and some great defence working to stop 0ld D's crossing the medway line on several occasions. but old d's wore down the medwy defence to make the score 39 to 5 half way into the second period.
Tempers began to rise as Medway became more physical in the contact areas and started to get the better of their opponents ,which resulted in two of the players coming to blows , Old D's second row was sinn bined for punching and the Medway prop was also binned for retaliations.
Despite being down to 13 players ,Medway continued to attack up the pitch , Medway never gave up the battle and deserved there second try when captain Leanne Ogsten ( i never wear matching sock too) kicked into the corner allowing charlotte cooke time and space to collect the ball to score the second try.
Despite this try Medway could not brake down the Old D's defence .
Lesson had been learnt from this game which the ladies hope to put into practice at training ( every tuesday night at 7.30 everyone welcome) Priestfields Rochester.
This weekend Medway Ladies play Blackheath 2 in there next league match at home 2.00p.m kick off
Ladies out there come and watch.
28 October 2007
Medway Ladies travelled up to Blackheath last Sunday with only 12 players, the
match was played in very wet and windy conditions, and the result
was far from what Medway were hoping for.
The first half started well and the game was played in excellent spirit as both sides looked to play good rugby.
Newcomer Gemma Duncan in her first game proved to be a success by storming through the defence line to score her first try for Medway - well done Gemma.
Medway on numerous occasions spurned the opportunity of good field play, and Blackheath's well-drilled backs broke through Medway leaving the score 18-5 at half time.
The ground became even heavier underfoot in the second half as the rain just never stopped.
Onwards and upwards Medway kept fighting back with some good lines of play and set pieces enabling Louise Burford to break through and score Medway's second try.
But unfortunately it just wasn't Medway's day and the final score was 43-10 to Blackheath. Well done to all the ladies who played, and better luck on the return match.
Players were: Leanne Ogston, Amy Bird, Zena Abbott, Ann Robertson,
Zoe Abbott, Cassie Main, Gemma Duncan, Sasha Bloomfield, Natalie Jemmett,
Louise Burford, Liz Shaw, Tina Stone.
Any ladies out there who fancies a challenge and something different no matter what age, size, or fittness, come join us on Tuesday evenings for training at Medway Rugby Club, Priestfields, 7.30 pm
Medway travelled to East Grinstead on Sunday for their first league game of the season. The match proved to be a very good affair played in excellent weather and underfoot conditions.
Medway travelled with only 12 players, two of which played their first games - well done Amy Bird and Cassie Main - and others playing out of position. Both sides tried to play with width and this made for a good spectacle.
With East Grinstead dominating in the first 10 minutes and scoring a try and conversion, Medway soon settled down and were able to threaten the home line through consistent periods based on good lineout ball from Zoe Abbott to Tina Stone enabling Louise Burford to score Medway's first try. Charlotte Cooke scored the second try, with a conversion leaving the score at half time 12 - 7 to Medway.
The second half proved to be the better and more controlled half of the game with a number of good attacks with Siobhan Preston, Zena Abbott and Sasha Blomfield going forwards.
Medway sustained pressure and quick ball from scrum half Ann Robinson enabled Leanne Ogstan to score Medway's next try and conversion making the score to 19 - 7. Medway showed good ball handling and control throughout the match, dominating the home side with another try from Charlotte Cooke.
The decisive try came when having gone through phases of play showing good ball retention, Leigh Elliott popped the ball onto Louise Burford for our vital and final touchdown ending the game 29 - 7 to Medway.
Well done ladies.