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Essex Ladies’ Vets team play first ever match and raise money for Cancer Research UK

PUBLISHED: 13:30 18 April 2017

Essex Ladies' Vets centre Bex Francis kicks a penalty into touch (pic: Tash Berbank).

Essex Ladies' Vets centre Bex Francis kicks a penalty into touch (pic: Tash Berbank).

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Nine Romford Ravens’ players turned out for their county against their Kent counterparts on Sunday at Crow Lane

The Essex Ladies' Vets team face the camera at Romford & Gidea Park's Crow Lane (pic: Tash Berbank).The Essex Ladies' Vets team face the camera at Romford & Gidea Park's Crow Lane (pic: Tash Berbank).

Essex Ladies’ Vets team helped raise £267.72 for Cancer Research UK on Sunday in their first ever match at Romford & Gidea Park’s Crow Lane.

Kent Ladies’ Vets brought a side across the river for their debut fixture and managed to claim a 44-29 away victory.

Romford Ravens’ had nine players involved for Essex with Emily Newton Claydon, Bex Francis, Hayley McClenaghan, Jacqui Howard, Katie Gregory, Fran Mills, Clare Ferdinand, Carmen Vaughan, and Sarah Comben turning out for their county.

The Essex team boasted 250 years of rugby playing experience as well as over 800 years of life experience between them and the average age of the team was 38 years old.

The nine Romford Ravens in the Essex Ladies' Vets team face the camera at Romford & Gidea Park's Crow Lane (pic: Tash Berbank).The nine Romford Ravens in the Essex Ladies' Vets team face the camera at Romford & Gidea Park's Crow Lane (pic: Tash Berbank).

Kent made a strong start at Crow Lane and it proved to be the difference, as they edged out Essex 44-29.

It was an enjoyable experience for everyone and with £267.71 raised for charity it was a worthwhile event.

The Essex Ladies’ Vets are looking to visit their Kent counterparts for a rematch before Christmas time.

Fran Mills, Essex’s Chair of Women and Girls Development Group, helped arrange the game to celebrate the achievements of women’s rugby.

Essex Ladies' Vets Carmen Vaughan is tugged back by two Kent opponents (pic: Tash Berbank).Essex Ladies' Vets Carmen Vaughan is tugged back by two Kent opponents (pic: Tash Berbank).

If any women are interested in taking part in rugby, then get in touch with the Romford Ravens who are a well established women’s rugby team.

They train on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Crow Lane at 7.15pm and everyone is welcome.

You can get in touch with them by visiting romfordravensrugby.com or following them on Facebook:/RomfordRavensRugby.


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