Stromness Academy competed in their first ever girls rugby match when they hosted Wick High School yesterday (Monday 13 May) afternoon.
The slightly older and more experienced Wick team ran out eventual winners scoring ten tries to four in a close, entertaining match.
Stromness had a squad of 21 girls from S1 and S2 in this 13-a-side match against a Wick team made up of S2 and S3 girls.
Having only been training since Christmas and playing in their first ever match, Stromness Academy started slowly but steadily improved in confidence as the match progressed.
Beth Thompson and Tamara Rhodes-Schofield showed great handling of the ball as they attempted to move it wide into space. This paid off when captain, Erina Brown powered through the Wick defence to score under the posts. As the half progressed, there was some excellent tackling from Kelsey Harvey, Keira Johnston and Hannah Stead who showed no fear in tackling their bigger opponents.
Despite some solid defence from Stromness with a number of great tackles, this couldn't stop Wick from scoring three tries before the first-half was out.
After making a couple of substitutions, Stromness started the second half brightly and had the majority of the possession. Jenna Young and Rhodes-Shofield made some excellent runs to create space for Erin Montgomery to sprint to the corner and score a well worked try.
By now, all of the girls were getting stuck in and making committed tackles showing excellent technique and good desire. However, Wick had some really strong, powerful runners who managed to break through the Stromness tackles and score seven more tries in the final part of the game.
Stromness Academy dug deep and showed good fitness levels to finish strongly and scored two more great tries from Johnston and Harvey. The final score was 10-4.
Bruce Ruthven, Orkney Rugby Development Officer, said” “It was great to see a competitive girls match taking place today, a fitting reward for the Stromness girls after their hard work over the past few months.
“The game was a real buzz of excitement for the girls who played very well showing great passing and offloading skills whilst not shying away from the contact area.
“This game will give the girls the confidence and experience to develop further and with continued commitment it would be great to have fixtures on a regular basis. Credit to Mr Berry and Colin Sangster for pulling the organisation together. We all look forward to the next fixture.”