Ross-on-Wye school girls take the North Midlands title

By Ross Gazette sports reporter in Rugby

The John Kyrle High School U15 Girls rugby team finished off their unbeaten season by winning the U15 Girls North Midlands schools tournament held at Five Ways, Old Edwardians RFC, Birmingham.

The team from the Ross-on-Wye school, was representing Herefordshire in this 10-a-side tournament and was up against opposition from Greater Birmingham, Shropshire and Worcestershire.

In the pool stages, John Kyrle played a well drilled North Shropshire side, winning 20-5 with a brace of tries from Captain Carys Lowley and Cerys Johnson.

They then beat Summerhill School, Kingswinford, 35-0, with tries from Amie Jenkins, Maisie Tucker, Ellie Lown, Anna Craig, Heidi Brodholt and another try each for Lowley and Johnson.

In their final group game, the girls put the ball through the hands to spread the ball wide and had a convincing 35-5 win over John Taylor High School from Burton upon Trent, with the ever impressive Lowley bagging four more tries. There was also another for Craig and one apiece for Ella Jones and Laura Rose Benjamin, the latter scoring her first ever try in a match.

In the final, their opponents were Thomas Alleyne’s High School from Uttoxeter who had won their pool and proved to be excellent opposition.

They put pressure on the John Kyrle forwards at the breakdown and forced several handling errors from the backs. However, it was Hollee Hayward who broke the deadlock with a well-timed pass from Carys Lowley, sending her diving over the try line.

This settled John Kyrle, who then began to use the width of the pitch. With their opposition deep in their own half it was Cerys Johnson who cut a great angle to break the first line of defence, however she was tackled just short of the line.

Luckily, she managed to pop the ball out of the tackle to Maisie Tucker, who sprinted in to score the winning try and seal the victory.

With their 10-0 victory it was left to Captain Carys Lowley to lift the silverware and see John Kyrle crowned North Midlands U15 schools champions.

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