Bath Ladies 13 - 7 North Petherton Ladies
Bath Recreation Ground, Saturday, March 10, 2018
Bath Ladies ‘Babas’retained the Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup with a 13-7 victory over North Petherton Ladiesin a very evenly contested match, played in heavy conditions, at the Bath Recreation Ground as part of Bath Rugby Foundation's celebration of International Women's Day. International referee Clare Daniels took charge of the game and also gave a talk to those interested in becoming a referee. The game was part of the celebration of International Women's Day presented by the Bath Rugby Foundation to promote Women and girls into the sport and showcase the current talent and opportunities in the area.
The teams were evenly matched with Bath fielding a mixture if the first and second team and they came close on a number of occasions only to be halted by some strong Pethy defence and counter attacking. Bath took the lead through a catch and drive move with No.8 Laura Kelsey getting the touchdown. Pethy had to play five minutes either side of the half time break with flanker Janet Dyer in the sin-bin after a high tackle.
But Bath were unable to take advantage of the extra player though when Pethy were back to full strength, they added a second try as hooker Laura Mahoney peeled of the side of a driving maul after a penalty was kicked to touch. Centre Sarah Holloway added a 15-metre penalty from in front of the posts to stretch the lead but Pethy kept battling and, with ten minutes to play, replacement Sarah Cavill powered over and Rosie Wheeler added the extras.
On the final whistle there was added cause for the celebrations when Bath Ladies’ loyal supporter Ben Head came on to the muddy Rec pitch to pitch to propose to Bath Ladies second team captain Sarah Dickinson.
After the match Nick Robins, the Webb Ellis Somerset County Women’s Cup Administrator, presented the match officials and players with their medals plus the finalists Plate to North Petherton and the Webb Ellis Somerset County Women's Cup to Bath Ladies.
Bath Ladies:Kristin Shum; Bethan Wakefield, Kat Southwell, Sarah Holloway, Gwen Tibbles; Emily Hull, Amie Hayden-Smith; Fran Gilpin, Laura Mahoney, Vicky Heslop, Becky Thompson, Sarah Burgess, Rachel Bennett, Danielle Gagne, Laura Kelsey. Reps: Abbie Sowerby, Hannah Saunders, Sarah Dickinson, Megan Wynne, Sinéad Hayes, Ella Shakespeare, Rose Tresidder.
North Petherton Ladies:Alana O'Dell; Tamzin Reis-Day, Claire Williams, Rosie Wheeler, Gemma Byrne; Stacey Saunders, Alex Williams; Elin Do Rosario, Jade Claridge Miller, Kate Williams, Vicki Redwood, Shannon Doyle, Rosalind Forbes, Janet Dyer, Natasha Palmer Reps: Jennifer Trunks, Gemma Thorne, Leia Mantyk, Jordan Smith, Sarah Cavill, Kelly Palmer, Aishling Costello.
Referee: Clare Daniels (RFU)
Assistant Referees: Fiona Brunt (Gloucester & District Society) & Sian Davies Todd (Bristol Referees Society).
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Bath Ladies BaBas 64 Chew Valley Cats 25
At Hornets RFC on Sunday, March 26, 2017 Bath Ladies BaBas, a mix of the first and second team players, ran in ten tries in their 64-25 victory over Chew Valley Cats to lift the inaugural Webb Ellis Somerset Women's Cup in the final at Hornets RFC.
The Cats, who had already beaten Bath Ladies II twice in the league this season, never let their heads drop, having trailed 28-20 at the break, with fly-half Alice Penfold crossing for four tries and one from lock Lauren Glover.
Alice Evans claimed a hat-trick of tries for the BaBas, two each for Amy Jones and Olivia Bibby plus one each for Lex Rosenthal, Abbey Bull and Sarah Holloway who also kicked seven conversions.
The Somerset County Rugby Football Union Chairman John Harding presented medals to both sets of players and handed over the Webb-Ellis Somerset County Women’s Cup to Bath captain Sarah Holloway
Special commemorative shirts for the match officials provided by Morris & Perry Ltd - Gurney Slade Quarry. Somerset County Rugby Football Union would like to thanks Hornets RFC for hosting the match
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