AFTER a stuttering start to the season including a defeat and a 10-10 draw, Stafford ladies 1st XV finally brought home a 12-0 win against Dudley Kingswinford on Sunday.
Stafford captain and first try scorer, Tess Hibbs exclaimed: "I’m just beaming. No- one can deny the massive improvement we've made in the last few years, I couldn't be more proud.”
The two teams have a history of close and well matched games, and this game was no exception.
Stafford battled all the way through, with high praise from the skipper and spectators of an impeccable back line
defence. Most notable were the two Liz's, Mellor and Clarke, who matched each other on the wings with jaw dropping, try saving tackles, formidable runs and a try from new player Liz Clarke.
The Stafford forwards have also stepped up their game, notably when joined by rugby veterans Roz Wiggins, Joyce Turner and Reanne Wood who have brought many years of experience to Stafford’s game and enhanced their defence, confidence and top notch rucking skills.
This match was easily one of the most entertaining of the season and showed a real step up the ladder for Stafford who have struggled for some time.
"It's a hard game to recruit new players,”explained Hibbs.
"Most women don't want to be told they look like a rugby player! But people can usually tell by their first tackle if they love it or hate it. This game showed how much these girls love it!"
If you are interested in taking that first tackle, call Kate Gallow on 07891 560219 or turn up to training sessions on Wednesday at 7pm at Stafford RUFC.
Those looking to take up a new sport and considering rugby do not need to have previous experience, but should bring clothes they do not mind getting muddy!