Following on from the success of the first trials held on the 17th September, last night saw the 2nd Trial for the 2017/18 Kent U18 & U15 girls squads. Once again the management team processed the players quickly and efficiently before handing them over to their respective coaching teams for a briefing on the evenings training and trial plan.
The facilities and pitches kindly provided by Aylesford Bulls RFC (thank you Roger Spicer) were first class with the girls commenting on just how much ground there is to cover on their first team pitch! The girls were then put through a series of warm-up drills before the U15’s took to the field of play in a full 15 a side and full contact game under the control of an excellent society referee. The gameplay was free-flowing, intense, exciting and a great example of running rugby with quick ball. Every girl who attended the 2nd trial was given the opportunity to play their part with all of them saying how much they had enjoyed it, the U15 coaches (Mark Finnis, Sandra Soler-Gomez and Lee Bruin) were all very enthusiastic about the level at which the girls were playing.
Following completion of the match the U15 coaches retired to make their final decisions on the squad and allowed the U18’s to take to over the pitch and give the crowd a very exciting demonstration of rugby, the pace was frenetic with some very exciting options for the coaching team in terms of front row mobility and power supported by lightening back row pace!
The U15’s coaching team were able to confirm their final choices with the players before the end of the trial with the U18’s announcing their final selection via email by Friday 29th September.
As chair of Kent Women & Girls Rugby I would once again like to thank the players for their commitment and efforts, the parents for their support of girls rugby and to the coaching teams, a special mention for Kate Smith, Simone Newman, and Tonya Williams who stepped up last night to help deliver what we can now declare as an unreserved success!!!
Chair Kent Women & Girls Rugby