THERE were celebrations aplenty for the Stratford Ladies touch rugby team on Sunday as they clinched the North East Midlands Ladies’ Touch League title.
Stratford went into the final round of the competition at Newbold-on-Avon in first place on 38 points, ahead of second placed Wellesbourne on 33.
Therefore, the match between Stratford and Wellesbourne was key and it is always a close encounter.
Wellesbourne went 1-0 up in the first half through some amazing speed on their wing but Stratford regrouped at half time and space was created for Madeleine Rendell to score twice to secure a 2-1 win.
This was a massive confidence boost for Stratford and the day just kept getting better as only two more tries were scored against Stratford in the following five matches, whilst Stratford themselves crossed the whitewash 24 times.
Their tally of 26 tries – as six members of the nine-strong squad scored – is their best effort yet in one tournament.
Stratford’s player of the tournament was Natalie Gisbourne for her fantastic workrate and with six wins out of six Stratford were crowned winners of this last tournament and with it came first place in the league with 48 points as they savoured four first placed finishes and one third place.
The fun is not over yet though, as the Midlands Ladies Touch teams also play in a Super League which sees the 16 teams from the North East and South West Midlands Touch Leagues play against each other.
There are three ‘Super Sundays’ in the season and there is one left to play on November 15 at Droitwich RFC. The current standings have Pershore from the South West League in first place and Stratford in second, so the ladies will be hoping to finish the season with some more silverware for the cabinet.
Stratford Ladies touch rugby has grown this season and has brought on a number of new, younger players as well as those new to the game. They are very proud that one of the new and younger players – Madeleine Rendell – has been selected to play for England Lions U18 girls’ touch side, in this, her first season.
More new players are always welcome, young and old, experienced or new to the game. Training is at 6.30pm on Tuesdays at Stratford RFC. Please see the club website or the Facebook group for contact details.