GALLERY: Girls’ Suffolk Schools Rugby Cup county finals

Woodbridge Rugby Club was alive on Tuesday 4 March as hundreds of rugby playing girls descended to c

Woodbridge Rugby Club was alive on Tuesday 4 March as hundreds of rugby playing girls descended to compete in the Girls Suffolk Schools Rugby Cup county finals. A great day of sport was had in bright sunny conditions as eleven schools in the U13 age group, ten schools in the U15 age group and 3 schools in the U18 age group competed for the right to be Suffolk Cup champions. The competition, run every year by Suffolk Schools Rugby Union is one of the largest girls schools rugby festivals in England with almost 300 girls competing throughout the day. The RFU supported with a training session for the U18 girls before their competition. - Credit: Archant

Woodbridge Rugby Club was alive and kicking on Tuesday as hundreds of rugby-playing girls descended to compete in the Girls’ Suffolk Schools Rugby Cup county finals.

A great day of sport was had, in bright sunny conditions, as 11 schools in the U13 age group, ten in the U15 age group and three from the U18 age group competed for the right to be Suffolk champions.

The competition, run every year by Suffolk Schools Rugby Union is one of the largest girls schools rugby festivals in England with almost 300 girls competing throughout the day.

The RFU supported with a training session for the under-18 girls before their competition.

The under-13s winners were Copleston, while Farlingaye won the under-15s tournament. Sir John Leman High School picked up the U18 crown.

Woodbridge Valkyries coach, and mother of Farlingaye player Ella, Kerri Ehret said “Some of the games have been as intense as any I’ve seen and it’s clear that this fixture has become a regular favourite.

“Girls are taking to rugby more and more so we have organised an Open Day at Woodbridge Rugby Club from 10am-12noon on Saturday, March 22 for parents and girls who want to come and try the sport”

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Andrew Wilesmith, Secretary for Suffolk Schools Rugby Union said: “This has really become a showpiece event for the county with Suffolk having put a big emphasis on girls rugby over the last few years and it’s great to see this is supporting clubs like Woodbridge”.

Woodbridge has an extensive youth section with a growing membership of some 330 boys and girls. Its successful appeal to youngsters comes not only from the growing appeal of the game but also from its full schedule of fixtures and other events organised by a tireless group of parents and RFU qualified and CRB checked coaches.

There are also girls programmes starting up at Diss RFC, Bury St Edmunds RFC, Beccles RFC and Lowestoft and Yarmouth RFC. For more information go to www.ecrfu.com.

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