Bears women hold nerve to clinch promotion spot - The Stratford Observer

Bears women hold nerve to clinch promotion spot

Stratford Editorial 24th Apr, 2019   0

WARWICKSHIRE Bears Women secured promotion to BWB Women’s League Division Two in the final round of fixtures at the weekend, after clinching the runners-up spot in Division Three.

Proud head coach Dan Smith was delighted by the efforts of his side to clinch promotion.

“I’m so proud of all the girls associated with the Bears Women’s team.

“Finishing this season second in the league and gaining promotion is a great achievement. I couldn’t be prouder.

“It has been a true pleasure being their coach and I look forward to the opportunity to coach the team next season.”

The opening game on Saturday proved to be a title decider as the Bears lost out to the only side to beat them all season – Wakefield Whirlwinds.

Scoring the first points of the afternoon, Bears entered into a first quarter lead prior to being subject to a Whirlwinds fightback before the halfway point.

Wakefield never relinquished their advantage from there and continued with the same drive to go 20 points up heading into the final quarter.

Bears threw all they could at the visitors to narrow the deficit to nine, but it did not prove enough as Whirlwinds set themselves up for an eventual title win.

Sunday was opened with a victory in the first of two fixtures on the day as the Bears tore apart Jaguars 49-26.

A stunning display by the Bears enabled them to dominate the game and impose themselves upon the visitors, who had no answer to the waves of Warwickshire attacks.

The final fixture of the day and the season against third-placed Eastern Blue Stars was a game in which the victors would seal promotion to Division Two.

Bears edged the contest 34-26 to take themselves up to the next tier for the 2019/20 season.

Remaining resilient in defence, the Bears established an early lead and never looked back.

The next Bears side in action is the men’s second team, who face seventh-placed Sparrows in NL Second Division on Saturday, with hopes of the title very much still on for Daz Peasley’s side.


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