Following months of careful preparation, the day of the first Kent Girls Rugby trials for the 2017/18 season arrived…
The team set up the player registration areas and opened the day’s events in glorious sunshine at the Gillingham Anchorians who had very kindly offered the use of their excellent facilities for the day. At the seamless registration, we had 62 U18 players and 59 U15’s register with players drawn to the trials from all over the county with these girls representing both rugby clubs and schools alike.
The age groups were then briefed on what would be expected from them during the trials by the head coaches (John Fitzpatrick U18’s and Mark Finnis U15’s) supported by their respective coaching and spotting teams which included former England internationals Amy Garnett and Maxine Edwards. The girls were then put through a series of skills-based tests designed to showcase their skills, abilities, fitness, and understanding of the game, these test were then brought together at the end in full contact games which gave each player the chance to show their tenacity and commitment alongside the skills demonstrated previously, all those who attended and participated in the trials gave a fantastic account of themselves and really showcased what makes Kent Girls rugby such a tour de force.
The coaches wrapped up the practical element of the trials by giving the players feedback on the day before sending them home for a rest, this followed by retiring to the clubhouse for a well-deserved cup of tea and to start the process of selecting those players who would be taken through the next stage of the trials which will be hosted by Aylesford Bulls RFC on the 27th September. It is our aim to announce the results of this selection via email on the 19th September. The second trial on the 27th September will be based on game play with some payers given very specific and targeted deliverables by the coaches to enable them to make a decision on whether those players could be considered for inclusion in the final squad of 30 players.
As chair of Kent Women & Girls Rugby I would like to thank the players for their commitment and efforts, the parents for their support of girls rugby and to the wider coaching and spotting teams without who the day would not have been possible, as Chair I have to say what a privilege it is to lead such a talented and selfless team of volunteers.
Chair Kent Women & Girls Rugby