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Just caught the end of this year’s crop of high achievers at Woodbridge Rugby Club. What a great bunch of girls and boys playing this wonderful game. Parents and coaches alike bursting with pride and, as always, a lot of fun being had. Sad to see one or two retirements among the coaches and, of course, our Junior Chairman; John Leming after 13 years responsible and generous leadership. Farewell John!
It was a tough match, with some great, hard-worked scores from two teams, both after the EC Plate. The Warriors Colts played well to get a crack at a conversion to pull ahead but after that was missed Wymondham delivered the coup de grace with a final play try. Entertaining rugby to watch and thanks to everyone who turned up to swell the fine turnout.
The Amazon’s won the first scrum convincingly in this late season-finishing fixture. Hooker Toni Bell and her pack drove Wymondham backwards and won a penalty. Amazons impatiently ran the ball, winning another scrum and attacking out wide – clearly intent on a quick score. After a great lineout Claire Brickley made a punishing run to win yet another penalty as Wymondham rallied to frustrate the more confident looking visitors. Amazons were forced into defence and used their scrum to win another against the head from which quick hands got the ball to Anna Dewberry to score on 15mins. It was only five minutes however before the Wymondham forwards, playing hard but keeping the ball to themselves, drove up to the Amazons 5m line to get their flanker over to level the score.
Undeterred Louise Rickard pounced on a loose ball to resume the attack against the hard-tackling home pack Vicky Watts made a great charge and Victoria Felstein supported to link eventually with the busy Claire Brickley to get the Amazons second try. Wymondham held on until half time despite further attacks.
Woodbridge restarted strongly brushing off a strong foray down the right wing by Libby Lockwood the dangerous Wymondham No 8. Claire Brickley kicked well and eventually the ubiquitous Lou Rickard got the ball to Emma Johnson who dabbed down her second try – the Amazons backs clearly beginning to enjoy some space. Wymondham forwards, the mainstay of their attack, were beginning to tire and the Amazons runners built on further good kicks and a blistering charge from Claire Brickley, with Vicky Watts and Beth Kinlan in support, to offload to Johnson for her second try. A couple more scrums followed centre pitch after Woodbridge wing Jenna Ray ran a great line which allowed Rickard over for try no 5. The Amazon scrum delivered another win on a Wymondham put-in for Brickley to take from reliable scrum half Morven McAlpine and score again. Pressure on a line out deep in the Woodbridge half saw Lou Rickard break and exchange passes with her old playing partner Emma Johnson that ended with Johnson scoring her hat-trick.
The final 5 minutes saw Wymondham driving at the amazon’s line for Nicola Kaciubskyj to get a consolation try and bring the bonus point Amazon’s victory to a halt.
Some fantastic results with 2 Cup Winners, a cup finalist and a plate finalist!
U8 – Won the Cup Final against Ipswich
U9 – Won the Cup Final against Ipswich
U10 – Lost in Cup Final to Sudbury (Overall runners up)
U11 – Lost Plate Final against Ipswich
Woodbridge U8’s were triumphant at last Weekends Ipswich Festival and came away winners of the Cup Final.
The boys played out of their skin, topping group A at the end of the Pool games and went into the eventual Cup Final unbeaten. Supported by parents and players they eventually got rewarded for all the hard work and went home with winners medals and the Cup.