Ross travelled to Luctonians for their first tournament of the 2017 season in the West Midlands League on Sunday, March 12th.
First up Ross played a continually developing Berry Hill team, whose discipline, coupled with the Ross team’s slightly nervous start, meant a half time score of 0 - 0.
A slight refocus after half time meant the team started to pick up their speed. Some quick play of the ball led to a scathing run and a try scored through the middle. Ross then controlled the rest of the game to run out 1 - 0 winners.
The next game was against their great rivals, Pershore and a closely fought game ended in a 0 - 0 draw. The Ross team came off the pitch rightly happy with their level of performance. However, they also acknowledged that a slight improvement in accuracy could have seen them win.
Next up were Bredon and Ross started to hit their straps. Some quick play, accurate hands and identification of gaps saw the team run out comfortable winners 6 - 0. They now knew that the tournament would be won on tries scored as Pershore were likely to win all their games.
A tough game against a returning Bromyard was in store after a quick break. It was initially a cagey affair and after Ross went 2 - 0 up Bromyard pulled themselves back into the game to make it 2 - 1 at half time. Ross however continued to play too quickly for the opposition and ran out deserved winners 4 - 1.
This left the last game with Luctonians, who had shown some excellent plays all day, and even run Pershore close. They also had an outside chance of coming in the top two. However, Ross were not to be denied and some scintillating play resulted in a comfortable 5 - 0 win and an extremely happy team.
It was confirmed that Ross had won the first tournament of the season by scoring 16 tries to Pershores’ 11 through the day and only conceding one.
This was a really positive start to the season with everyone playing a massive part in the day, either on the end of some great play scoring tries, organising the defence and putting players into space, running great lines and all with high work rates.
It was great to see Natalie return, showing she had lost none of her skill, and Natasha playing in her first tournament and deservedly winning player of the tournament for the team.
The team are looking now forward to the next Tournament in April at Pershore.