Reading Abbey 12-25 Henley Hawks Women
Sunday was local derby day for the Henley Hawks Women as they took on local rivals, Reading Abbey Women. Both teams put on an amazing display of rugby with the Hawks desperate to overcome the loss from the last time they visited Rosehill earlier in the year.
With both teams feeling the pressure of the game, it was a scrappy contest in the early stages. However, once the players settled into their rhythm, they were able to play some free-flowing rugby which enabled Henley’s Ellie Smales to score first for the Hawks. Unfortunately, the conversion was missed. With the Henley forwards dominating in the scrum, they were soon back in Abbey’s 22 and scored their second of the afternoon when Kate Hallett powered over. Again, the kick was narrowly wide. This made the score at half-time 0-10 in favour of the Hawks.
Reading Abbey came out of the changing rooms fired up and were soon on the board with a quick try that was converted. Henley really had to battle to ensure Abbey did not score again, and finally managed to get the ball back up the pitch to enable Halcrow to score, this was followed quickly with a try by Seren Pepperall, both tries not converted taking the score to 7-20.
The remaining time of the game became a battle with both teams putting in hard tackles and no quarter was given by either side. Abbey were able to find a way through the solid wall of the Henley defence to score their third try which was not converted.
As the game drew to a close, the twinkle toes of Claudia Obst saw her evade several tackles to score in the final minutes of the game, once again Henley were not able to convert.
It was a very pleasing performance from the Hawks Women who now have a week off before hosting newly-promoted Newbury at Dry Leas on October 8th, kick-off 2pm. Get down to the club for what promises to be yet another fantastic display of women’s rugby!
Coaches’ player of the match was awarded to Emily Tuck, who led the team brilliantly from the front.
Players player of the match was awarded to Alex Wilkinson, who not only tackled like a beast, but created some fantastic opportunities.
By Lisa Tavinor
Photo credit: Andrew Turner