OB’s Ladies win first league game of the season at home 48-10
By Aimee Kelly
First home game at OBs, the girls were all revved up and rearing to go for a brand new season and first ever league game in Old Bristolians’ colours.
Banished (pretty much) from the boys pub golf the night before due to impending Sunday game, the girls were all revved up and rearing to go for a brand new season and first ever league game in Old Bristolians’ colours. With our new temporary 'funbus' driving line-out call (thanks Jack Whitehall - https://youtu.be/azDtIqe-zzE) and fantastic commitment we were looking forward to the match and had more players than the boss knew what to do with! Unfortunately, our friendly neighbours from down the road were short a few players, thus a game of 12s was agreed upon, with several of our ladies switching between teams and covering multiple positions. Thankfully no own goals (tries?), although several did have the ever-formidable task of tackling Aimee in opposition.
Quick off the mark after the Gordano kick off, Lucy Stone legged it down the pitch to ground the first incredible try of the day dodging numerous opponents and later admitting she had no idea how it happened, no conversion. Despite abandoning us on the day to go on holiday, Annie “MC Hammer” must have been doing something right in training as some great positioning and reactions from the backs lead to a few more points throughout the game! Keely “tin tin” Avery picked up a lovely ball set up by Vicky and took it over the line for her first ever try and an easy conversion by Miss Stone.
The ball spent a lot of time going up and down the pitch for the rest of the half, with a few squeaky bum moments in our 22, all unsuccessful due to an impenetrable defence and some handy interceptions and solid rucking. Captain Tez scored the next try, no conversion. Set up by Lucy, the final try of the first half was Tinkerbell Keely picking up another great timed pass, straight down the wing and around under the posts, complete with back-flips, chest pounding, and classic flying through the air showboating. Disclaimer: elements of this report may be subject to artistic license. The conversion was just as thrilling, with a nail biting bounce off the post for the two points.
The second half got off to a disruptive start, when an attempt at a lineout a few minutes in resulted in Geoff the Ref shifting us over to the third team pitch after Gordano’s hooker passed out and needed an ambulance before throwing the ball (no dedication) as a result of a knock earlier in the game.
Back to it, the first try of the second half went to scrum-half Rhi, converted by Lucy. Rhi was unfortunately taken off with injury after scoring, with “I have no position” prop Alex Walsh stepping into the 9 spot. Honourable mention for being the worst winger ever at another point of the game. Mostly in Gordano's 22 for the first 20 mins, the next two unconverted tries went to Alex and Amy Cooper; both generally being a menace and battering their way through a tiring defence.
Tiring ourselves, Gordano were awarded a penalty try after a big effort mauling, kicking, and fighting their way up the pitch. Distracted by a dog who was terribly interested in the lineswoman’s flag, I missed the next bit but assume some women hit each other and threw a ball around for a bit before George Bessel ran in near the posts for and fourth and final easy conversion from Lucy. Gordano scored another unconverted try towards the end of the game, before a final not-quite-a-try from hooker Kel, who should probably go to bed earlier. So close, yet so far.
Post-match celebrations were as raucous as one would expect with so many newbies to water, before we headed off to visit our generous benefactor The Sportsman on Colston St. Decided over a glass of apple juice, Lady of the Match goes to Joanna Pratt who had a massive game jumping in the lineouts and involved in pretty much every breakdown before coming off in the second half (when I noticed we abandoned jumping whatsoever). Back of the match goes to Elaine Highes, who prior to her concussions and total loss of recollection had an awesome first game at full back showing huge promise in both attack and defence.
An additional award has been created this season, with the Toilet Seat being retired in favour of the George Kelly Award, which this week goes to Kel George for not only still being in a strip club at 6am the night before the first (and therefore most important) league game of the season, but posting evidence on Facebook for the team and more importantly the disappointed coach to see.
Special mention to Vicky Evans, who after four long years playing with us at our previous club is upping sticks to go travelling. Massive loss of an amazingly terrifying tackling machine, and ever high spirited back row, but we wish her well and have hopefully sucked out enough knowledge for the baton to be successfully passed to our many newcomers. Enjoy the trip!
Can’t figure out what the starting/replacements/stepped in for Gordano split is, everyone below played at least one position for at least one of the teams playing:
Elaine Hughes, Lotti Murphy, Lucy Stone, Georgina Bessell, Keely Avery, Phie Long, Holly Fox, Tonika Kelly, Amy Cooper, Rhianna Williams
Alex Walsh, Ally Stevens, Louisa Pittman, Joanna Pratt, Tez Weyman (c), Vicky Evans, Kel George, Linzi Rollings, Aimee Kelly
Honourable coach's mention- huge thanks to Kel George, Lotti Murphy and Tonika Kelly for helping out the other team and enabling us to get those points on the board :)