Touch Rugby has been introduced as a brand new sport for girls at Shiplake College this term. After working hard in training to learn and refine the required skills, the time has come to put them into practice. Last week, the girls took part in their first competitive fixture. England U18 player and Shiplake Captain Sophie Arnold has kindly provided a match report for the contest:
‘Last Wednesday saw the first ever Shiplake Girls Touch rugby match against Waingels School. It is safe to say that both were novice teams, although Waingels did have the advantage of having played some Rugby Union. Nevertheless Shiplake got off to a good start by scoring the first try. Play was split into 10 minute quarters with rolling subs, allowing everyone the opportunity to be heavily involved in the game.
The end score was 5-2 (in tries) to Shiplake. This was in no small part thanks to excellent defence from Lucy and Kate, who kept pushing the opposition’s attacking line backwards, supported by the rest of the team. In attack we swiftly moved the ball up the pitch making the most of gaps in the opposition’s defence, which resulted in 5 tries scored by Meg, Emily, Chloe and myself (Sophie). There is much to learn and to build on but we look forward to developing Touch as a core sport in the Girls’ games curriculum. Thank you to our coaches Sammie, Rowan and Paul and to Mrs Armstrong for organising the game. Well done to all the girls for making our first match a successful one.’
Traditionally a summer sport, the team are now looking forward to making further progress in training ahead of more frequent games towards the end of academic year.