Sparky Performance by Selby Pens’ u18s

Selby Pens' U18
Selby Pens’ U18

This Sunday at Selby RUFC saw two Yorkshire Cup matches for the Selby Pens u15 and u18 teams.  The Pens, established in 2014 with six under 13 players now maintains three girls’ teams in the u13, u15 and u18 categories with 60 girls across the teams regularly playing weekly rugby matches.  The main sponsorship for the u18s by The Read School, Drax enables the growth of the Pens to continue.

The Read School have ties with Selby RUFC dating back to 1933 when the club was first formed and have provided many players, both past and present, in every squad from the seniors to the minis and now have five Read School girls representing the school in the Pens.

Pictured is Dr Sweetman, Headmaster at The Read School presenting Ellie Green and the rest of the team with their new match shirts.  Also pictured are head coach Mike Parsonage and Mark Tanner.

“I am delighted the link between The Read School and Selby RUFC continues” said Dr Sweetman “the girls’ teams are going from strength to strength and we are so pleased we can be a part of their successes”.

The cup match today on the 5th November brought a sparkly performance from Selby Pens Under 18s with their first home match of the season against Baildon.  The two teams were evenly matched with Baildon having older and taller girls matched by the Pens’ agility and teamwork on the pitch.  In the first half, there were numerous strong runs by Ellie Naylor and Beth Cullip and Selby were able to repeatedly break through Baildon’s defences.  Jemma Fieldsend had a strong game scoring a try in the first half, with Katie Rucklidge scoring the second leaving the score 12-10 to Baildon at the end of the first half.

Baildon came out strong in the second half, despite being a player down due to a yellow card for a number of high tackles.  However, Selby were still determined and after a strong 50 yard run, Jemma scored her second try.  Baildon stood firm against a tiring Selby and scored three successive tries and a conversion at 45 minutes.  Several injuries were sustained across both teams and good sportsmanship was shown by each team supporting any player that was down.

The final score was Selby 15 – Baildon 29. An encouraging match which Selby could easily have won, the improvement amongst the team is showing every week.  Though tiring towards the end, Selby girls need to keep their eye on the ball and the opposition at all times.  Next week, we play West Park Leeds in a cup match at their home ground.

The article was written by Karen Ratcliffe, PFA Chair.

Photograph credited to Mike Robey, Photos