- 11 teams participate in St George’s Day Festival
- Top honours for Folkestone RFC & Aylesford Bulls
The second St George’s Day Girls Festival, run in partnership with the Rugby Football Union for Women and London Wasps, took place at Twickenham RFC on Saturday 23rd April.
Eleven junior girls’ teams and their supporters arrived from all over the country to compete in the annual tournament, which focuses on offering a fun competition for new and developing teams, and those who play in clusters for most of the season, and want to play in their own right.
This year again saw entrants travel from far and wide, with teams from Ashfield RFC, Aylesford Bulls, Folkestone RFC, Gillingham School, Grasshoppers RFC, Liskeard Leopards, Newmarket RFC and Sandown High School.
In addition to the returning teams from Liskeard Leopards, who had teams entered in all three age groups and Aylesford Bulls, Ashfield RFC U13s were playing in their first ever tournament.
Ashfield RFC finished as runners-up to Grasshoppers in the U13s tournament, vowing to come back next year and go one better. Folkestone showed some great skill and running to win the U18s competition to give some of their players moving to senior rugby next year a farewell they wouldn’t forget. Aylesford Bulls who were kitted out in their very own St George’s Day match shirts won the U15s tournament and finished as runners up in the U18s tournament.
Despite the searing heat all teams put on a great spectacle of rugby showing some great skill and loads of running rugby to ensure there was plenty of tries scored and much for all their friends and families to cheer about.
Following the tournament, all teams and supporters made their way up to Twickenham Stadium to watch London Wasps take on Bath Rugby in the St. George’s Day match. The winning captains were also rewarded with meeting London Wasps player Mark Atkinson and the team character mascot, Sting.