East Suffolk Lynx

East Suffolk Lynx is a joint initiative between Woodbridge RFC and Ipswich RFC from the end of the 2016/2017 season. Both clubs had girls sections that varied in numbers but it was found they were choosing from the same catchment due to their close proximities. The decision was taken to share the girls programme to ensure a player-centred approach was taken and offer local girls the best possible rugby programme to help boost the girls game.

The result is a fast growing programme led by experienced coaches who have experience of coaching both community and elite youth girls rugby along with access to two of the best rugby facilities in the region. There’s also pathways built into women’s rugby as both clubs have women’s programmes.

We offer rugby for girls from Yr 7 – Yr 13 (12-18) and a link programme for those in Year 6 (U11) who currently play mixed rugby but are orientated into girls rugby as preparation for that transition.

East Suffolk Lynx are firm believers in Age Grade Rugby and offer a player centred approach for all girls that want to play and enjoy the game, with players that play socially to girls that have represented England. The programme offers development opportunities for players new to rugby, right up to experienced players.

In short we want girls to have fun playing rugby whilst learning something new at every session, becoming the best player they can and want to be!

For more information contact Andrew Wilesmith andrew.wilesmith@yahoo.co.uk

Team News

2018/19 fixtures

U13, U15 and U18 Girls EC Festival – 28th October 2018

The East Suffolk Lynx (ESL) Girls hosted the first EC Girls Festival. ESL who are a merger of Woodbridge and Ipswich Girls programmes entered teams in all three age groups. This was the U13s first ever festival together after only a couple of months together. They did tremendously well and saw them lose two close games against Cambridge and Crusaders. They did however pick up excellent wins against Diss and North Walsham/West Norfolk. The girls did really well and the girls programme is looking healthy for the future! The U15s merged with Sudbury as we will be playing together in the National Cup so this was good practice. They played some fantastic rugby and picked up good wins in their 2 group games against Mistley/Harwich and Norwich. They played Cambridge in the final and won 5-0. They now play their first National Cup game next weekend against Rochford. The U18s faced a competitive day of rugby against Crusaders, Diss and Sudbury.

The first game against Crusaders saw a first half of wonder tries, offloading and skilful running from ESL to take a 15-0 lead. Crusaders rallied in the second half to pull it back to 15-14 but some late tries saw ESL win 27-14. The second game saw them play Diss in probably the best game of the day. Diss took a 7-0 lead in the first half. The start of the second half saw Diss extend that lead 14-0. This kicked ESL into life and a quick try from the restart brought it back to 14-5. With 3 minutes left ESL played some great offloads and spread it wide to dot down and make it 14-10. With final play from the KO, ESL retained the ball and played they phases and then a lovely offload saw ESL break the line and score with the final play to win 15-14.

Their final game saw them a bit fatigued and taking on Sudbury, who are the region’s strongest U18 team, this being their 3rd year together. Things started badly with ESL not at the races and 10-0 down early. ESL refocused and scored a lovely try to make it 10-5. This was the first try Sudbury conceded all day. The end of the first half and start of the second half saw ESL turn off and concede five quick tries. ESL then refocused again and the last 5 minutes saw them on top and pushing for another try which they duly got. The final score of 37-10 was a decent result and sets the standard for the rest of the season. This also meant that ESL finished 2nd which was a great result. All three teams did really well with some enjoyable rugby, great teamwork and a couple of top quality tries.

Coppleston ESL 22 v Suffolk U18 Barbarians 12 13/4/18

Training Times

Thursdays: 7-8.30pm @ Woodbridge RFC
Sundays: 10-11.45pm @ Ipswich RFC, Humber Doucy Lane

Head Coach

Andrew Wilesmith
Tel: 07886019198
Email: andrew.wilesmith@yahoo.co.uk

For more information contact Andrew Wilesmith

Assistant Coach

Peter Moffat