Marshalls Park girls tackle rugby rivals to take London Youth Games gold and silver
PUBLISHED: 12:51 26 March 2018 | UPDATED: 12:51 26 March 2018
Marshalls Park Academy had more to cheer after picking up gold and silver medals for Havering at the London Youth Games girls’ rugby event.
The under-13s wasted little time, scoring a try in the opening seconds of their first match on the way to a 30-0 win.
And they went on to dominate the rest of their group fixtures to qualify for the cup competition without conceding a try.
The first game in the afternoon was against local rivals Robert Clack, with the two sides cancelling each other out with a great display of tackling.
Marshalls eventually managed to score a try from close range, though, to claim a vital victory, before taking on St Helens.
The Romford pupils opened the scoring, but tiredness began to set in and St Helens hit back to break through the line and level.
The determination shown by Marshalls was immense, though, and they were rewarded with a winning try, before going on to win their other two games by 15-0 and 10-0 scorelines to claim gold.
PE leader Nicky Smith said: “The team were fantastic all day. They displayed great skill, attitude, sportsmanship and even made friends with Robert Clack singing with each other at the end of a game!”
The under-15s were happy on arrival to see they had not been grouped with local rivals Robert Clack and switched on early to beat Graveney School 10-0.
They played well against a stronger St Helens School, with two tries from Amber Le-Beau as they won 5-1 to qualify for the cup pool, including Clack, and showed excellent form as fly-half Ellie Cunningham controlled every aspect of the game and showed excellent discipline with some well-placed kicking.
Lilly Hadrava chased hard, gaining possession and offloading for Poppy LeBeau to score, as Marshalls won their first two games 3-2 and 3-1.
But in a fiercely fought game with Clack, Marshalls couldn’t finish and went down 10-0.
They bounced back for a 25-5 win over Compton School for silver and Smith said: “The team were fantastic all day, playing some of their best rugby ever.
“There was stand-out play from Lilly Hadrava and Ayesha Anderson with strong carries and Ella Pilley with some ferocious tackles, showing respect at all times for their opponents and playing in the spirit of the game.”