North East Ladies Triumph!

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North East ladies Rugby team win the regional tournament.

Lucy Meadley, Carlisle Cougars captain scored two tries as the North East team finished victorious 22:15 over South West of England.

Carlisle Ladies RFC Rosie Tyson, Holly Freestone, Lisa Ritchie and Lucy Meadley.

From Left to right: Rosie Tyson, Holly Freestone, Lisa Ritchie and Lucy Meadley.

South West started strongly, competing well around the park, getting to the breakdown well and winning turnover ball. They created overlaps and after 10 minutes went over for a try out wide which they couldn’t convert. Play restarted with the South West continuing to pressurise, quickly forcing the North East to concede a penalty in front of the posts which they easily kicked.  The North East started to assert domination through the scrum which they used to set up some good phases of play. Cougars Captain Lucy Meadley took a short pass from a ruck and went over to score her first try in the corner.   The half time score was 8:5 to the South West. The North East continued to dominate in the second half, starting to ship the ball quickly down the back line. South West made the error of kicking the ball to the North East, it was collected by Jen Edwards of the North East who sped 60 m, drawing the full back, then stepping back in to score the North East’s second try.  The North East’s props scored two further tries, and the Cougar’s Lisa Ritchie made a conversion to take their tally to 22. In the last couple of minutes the South West forced another penalty, they kicked deep into the North East’s territory and from the lineout shipped the ball quickly down the back line to score and scored out wide. They finished it off with the conversion. The North East team were the better drilled, and with the combination of power in the forwards and speed out wide deserved the title – national regional winners.

The Cougars also played a friendly against Team Northumbria, and in the absence of their regional players finished 14 points to the away teams 40. Team Northumbria  brought a mixture of first and second team players, so many were accustomed to premiership competition. The Cougars welcomed back Sarah Gorman at 8, and Sam Meakin at tight head prop, and Kate Hudson played her first game for the Cougars at flanker.

Simone Lynn was awarded players player for her first game at scrum half.  Match sponsor, Brian of the Robin Hood Inn and restaurant, Smithfield, said “I haven’t seen the Cougar’s lose before, it was still a great afternoon though and we intend to follow the team on an away trip later in the season”.

The Cougars take on Novocastrians at home on Sunday 27th March. All support welcome. Kick off 2.15 pm.