Stew Mel Lionesses Make Their Debut

Stew Mel Lionesses Make Their Debut

The Stew Mel Lionesses played their very first fixture on November 8th, when they were invited to the U12 section of the Montrose Tournament. Eight brave girls arrived on the Angus coast with the weather threatening to wreak havoc on the day and we arrived promptly for registration at 11.45 with the fixtures due to start at 12.30. The girls played 3 matches against the hosts Montrose, Huntly from Aberdeenshire and Auchterarder all of whom had squads with significantly more experienced girls.

First game was against Huntly where the Lionesses started slowly as they got to grips with playing against other girls rather than between themselves. With Huntly putting pressure on their defence the girls leaked a couple of quick scores, but then rallied showing great courage and began putting phases together to make inroads into Huntly territory. The first scrum was competitive with commitment and eagerness shown in rucks to win back the ball with defensive effectiveness slowing growing in its impact.

The second game saw us play the hosts Montrose where the Lionesses showed their attacking flair by opening the scoring with 2 well worked tries. Montrose inevitably came back with their more experienced players taking charge. However, the defensive capabilities and dedication of the girls began to show and more opposition players were stopped in their tracks. By this time the storm coming in from the North Sea required all games to be accelerated with less turnaround time. This was partly alleviated by a supply of hot chocolate from the catering team at Montrose RFC; highly appreciated by the girls!

The final game was against the strongest team in the competition – Auchterarder. They had brought 37 girls with them, split between their U-12 and U-15 squads. In the spirit of rugby a couple of players were lent to the Lionesses and a competitive final fixture was played out in the driving wind and rain allowing the Lionesses to leave the tournament with their heads held high knowing they had given it their all and scored a few tries into the bargain.

It must be mentioned that we fielded one P7 girl with the bulk of the squad provided by P6 along with one P5 and a very brave P4 who had only attend 3 training sessions before. Against the experienced squads of P7 girls the ESMS values were shown to the fore as they battled unflinchingly and scored several well worked robust and classy tries.

With the game against Melrose coming up on November 22nd the Lionesses are well poised to go from strength to strength!

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