Ladies 2s Season Wrap
Under the leadership of Amy Ritter, the Ladies 2nd XV were expecting a season that was likely to be rewarding as it was challenging. Considering just how young the Ladies section at Ironsides rugby was, a steep learning curve was expected. Exciting though it was to see so many new faces to both the club as well as the sport, a 78-5 loss to Reading Abbey revealed the enormity of the task.
Despite a setback that may well have derailed other teams, the entire Ladies squad worked hard as a unit, bringing in a steady stream of new players whilst also passing on valuable experience to those who were new to the sport. Whilst experience was still somewhat scarce, the Ladies 2s started to form a tighter, more competitive unit, sitting just 3 points off of 2nd spot by the time the Winter break rolled around.
Kicking off the second half of the season saw the return of the Reading team that racked up almost 80 points against a greenhorn 2s team, and one that were proving to be the runaway favourites for the league title. Now armed with a fully-stocked squad, the team came close to an upset that would have been considered to be in the realm of fantasy just 4 months previously, and yet went down just 24-20 in a hard-fought, skilful affair. This confidence continued to grow, with the change in fortunes most evident in the 52-5 demolition job of Hackney Ladies 2s. Rounding out the year with a series of close results, the team ended up a creditable 5th, and still just 3 points off of 2ndspot, pushing the eventual title winners with a 27-17 loss to show just how much the team progressed since playing Reading Abbey. A special mention to Amy Ritter (Player’s Player of the Year) and Zhen-May Cheung (Coaches’ Player of the Year), as well as all those taking up the sport for the first time.
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