Lionesses Travel To Greenyards

Lionesses Travel To Greenyards

A journey to the heartlands of Scottish rugby was the name of the game on November 22nd, with the Lionesses joining the Lions P4 to P7 sections for the trip to The Greenyards. With a second Edinburgh club (Lismore RFC) also invited we played a triangular format with 6-a-side. The weather was sunny with little wind which made for a marked contrast with Montrose and Murrayfield in the two previous weeks. The group of 8 girls contained two newcomers to the match day squad, Helena (P5) and Ursula (P1) both of who only started playing with Lionesses this season.

The first game was against the hosts Melrose who again had some larger and more experienced girls, not to mention the determination of those with home advantage. This time the Lionesses were expecting the force of contact and made a better start, but still gave up a couple of early scores. Cue the fightback; what the girls lack in physical presence they make up for in determination, passing, support and eye for a gap. Tries were scored the game entered a ‘see saw’ phase. The deadlock was broken by Ursula’s stunning break down the right wing with the Melrose girls shadowing her every step (being under strict instructions not to tackle). Too late came their realisation that a two handed touch below the waist was sufficient and Ursula had run half the length of the field to touch down a critical score. Melrose came back hard, but now there was a real contest in the tackle area with plenty of good work by the Lionesses in trying to strip the ball from the opposition. Ultimately size and experience took its toll and the Lionesses were pipped 6-5 by the home team.

The second game was against our southern neighbours Lismore RFC who again fielded players in some cases twice the size of our P6 girls. Again a close contest was fought out with excellent phases of play showed by the Lionesses with their elusiveness and ability to put together 5 or 6 passes before the gap was exploited. A critical point was Danielle’s strip of the ball from the opposition in their own half and then superb individual score, which gave the Lionesses the lead for the first time. Lismore came back with their own strong runners which gave the tiring defence of the Lionesses a true test of their determination. It was unfortunate that Lismore scored with the final act of the game giving them the win 7-6, when a to a neutral’s eye scores even would have been a true reflection.

Another honourable mention must go to Helena who possessed an eye for the gap, an ability to turn on a sixpence and a clean pair of heels on more than one occasion. Melrose’s hospitality was superb with hotdogs and cakes wolfed down the hungry Lionesses, all with a smile on their faces. An interesting point of view emerged from the girls that they were looking forward to playing at home for practise sessions and against other girls teams; they realise the advantage of playing at Inverleith. Back to home this Sunday to meet up with the other girls and chuck a ball around.

Simon Baig

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