Late comeback not to be with 20-41 loss at home to Yeovil RFC
By Aimee Kelly
In typical World Cup season style, we were short on the ground at the club this week with a number of players out due to injury or away at RWC matches
In typical World Cup season style, we were short on the ground at the club this week with a number of players out due to injury or away at RWC matches. Big round of applause up front for the number of ladies playing out of their usual positions or stepping up to cover the forwards.
The downside was a much reduced pack that unfortunately saw a few reasonably easy tries for Yeovil in the first twenty minutes or so, one of which was converted. Stepping up the defence, we won a few turnovers, disrupted in the line out and a great break by Coops, handing the ball off to Natalie Kwatia to run it uphill, Yeovil backs eating her dust, brought the score to 5-17. Yeovil had to work hard in the latter part of the first half, with some massive hits coming in from fullback Nat and centres Phie Long and Alice Arnott, and a few big kicks up the field from George Bessell, before finally squeezing out the last try of the first half.
The start of the second half saw a converted try from Yeovil, followed by OB’s putting pressure on the visitors with the menaces that are Alice Arnott and Grace Leigh chasing loose balls and piling through Yeovilians, whilst the forwards and honorary forwards smashed anything that moved with a ball. A plethora of injuries saw both teams drop to twelve players despite replacements Aimee Kelly and Grace Leigh already being on the field. Keely “Tinkerbell” Avery caught the ball on the wing off a wild bounce, palmed off one girl and drove through another for the second unconverted OB’s try of the game (and my favourite!).
A late comeback saw twinkle-toes Natalie do her trademark Usain Bolt up the pitch, not converted. An almost-try from a quick ball out the back of the ruck was unfortunately waylaid with Ally Stevens pushed into touch millimetres before the try line. A second try from Natalie Kwatia brought her neck and neck in the top try scorer of the season contest and, more importantly, at 20-29 brought us within two short runs of winning with a good fifteen minutes to play.
Sadly, the late comeback was not to be, when in the last seven minutes OBs gave away a penalty within our 22 which Yeovil drove over the line. Despite pushing up the field to within spitting distance of the line, a lucky break was alas made by someone that could outrun both Nat and Alice for an easily converted try under the posts. Even more extraordinary was what might be the quickest ref in the league who caught them all up! Final score 20-41.
Post-match celebratory/punishment drinks go to Tori Maria and Sam Ball for their first ever game with OB’s, and Natalie Kwatia was gifted player of the match for some bone crunching hits and getting points on the board. She did, however, let herself down by taking two tiny sips of the “reward” drink before handing it off to former player Vicky to down in like a real rugby lass. Must try harder. Honourable mentions for George Bessell always being at Tori’s shoulder, Sam Ball and Phie Long for big hits in defence, and Alice Arnott for making great ground with fancy footwork.
The great honour that is the George Kelly Award goes to Grace Leigh this week, for wailing about smudging her makeup an her fat lip whilst lying on the ground with miscellaneous injury, all because a boy was going to come and watch her play…..who it turned out wasn’t even there to watch.
Natalie Kwatia, Lotti Murphy, Alice Arnott, Phie Long, Keely Avery, George Bessell, Katie Walsh
Ally Stevens, Kel George, Sam Ball, Joanna Pratt, Tez Weyman, Charmaine Teakel, Victoria Maria, Amy Cooper
Replacements: Aimee Kelly, Grace Leigh