Bombettes launch league programme on a winning note
10:02am Thursday 5th September 2013 in News
BARRY LADIES RFC 37pts
GORSEINON LADIES 10
FOR their first Second Division clash of the season, the Barry women's rugby team - Bombettes - welcomed Gorseinon to the Reservoir Fields.
During the off season, several players moved on or hung up their boots and others have joined the new adventure. But what is constant is the Bombettes' desire to play attractive rugby and, once again, they didn’t disappoint the home crowd.
The game started brightly for Barry, with the new front row of K Jones, Phillips and Richards, backed up by Helmore (Boffy) and Cahill, forcing the away pack back. From their dominance, match day captain and No 8 Yapp and her flankers, Williams and debutant Young, were wreaking havoc. Forwards Richards, Williams, Helmore and Cahill made big inroads into the visiting defence.
Quick ball allowed Bannister to feed Rees and her backs, including debutants Binnie and Lewis, showed their speed. From dominant forward play, S Williams powered over from short range within the first five minutes and this set the tone for the next 20 minutes. Yapp then touched down after a pushover try. The mood was slightly dampened with an injury to Richards, with Cahill moving into the front row as replacement and debutant Potter coming into the second row and showing her agility and speed on numerous occasions.
At 20-0 up, Barry took their foot off the pedal and Gorseinon came back into the match with two quick tries, but, cometh the hour and cometh Barry full back Nation who made several try-saving tackles. S Williams was superb throughout as was Yapp, and Shannahan came on for her debut on the left wing.
Regaining their composure, Barry led 20-10 at half-time.
In the second half, there were debuts for Husk, replacing injured Britton, and G Williams for D Young. The new additions gelled well with their new green and white colleagues. From a barnstorming 50 metres run by Potter, the ball was recycled by Cushen. Several phases later and Shannahan, who had moved to No 9, powered over for the decisive try. Bannister moved to the right wing and eased into the position, using her speed to counter attack well.
Showing their fitness levels, with forwards and backs interlinking well, Bombettes added late tries, the first of which was from Husk and converted by Kim Jones in a cameo appearance. Jones then capped a brilliant all round team performance by finishing off a fine move.
Barry and Gorseinon's woman of the match was Steph ‘Goldilocks’ Williams.
Team: K Jones, Phillips, Richards, Helmore, Cahill, Williams, Young, Yapp (capt), Bannister, Rees, Lewis, Britton, Binnie, Young, Nation, Kim Jones, Subs: Cushen, Shannahan, G Williams, Husk and Potter.
Special mention to Gemma Jones and Dominique Jones for helping out the visitors; brilliant sportswomanship. All players, manageress and coaching staff wish ‘Tescos’ Richards a speedy recovery .
This Sunday, September 8, Bombettes entertain Penalta in what promises to be an interesting fixture. Support is always appreciated; kick-off 2.30pm.