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Surrey Youth Games gives girls’ rugby a try

02 August 2013

  • Guildford Borough win new tag tournament
  • England Women scrum half La Toya Mason hands out the trophies
La Toya Mason is second left, back row - Surrey Youth Games winners Guildford

Photo: RFU Archive

Girls’ rugby made its first appearance at the Surrey Youth Games this year, as part of the event sponsored by P&G that encompassed a variety of different sports at Surrey Sports Park in Guildford over a weekend in June.

The format for the rugby tournament was Year 7 & 8 Girls Tag + Rugby, and with community rugby coach Mike Marsh reporting that 70 girls took part, he predicted: “I am sure it will feature again in 2014 and beyond”.

The event was run jointly by Hannah Sprake from Active Surrey, and the Surrey RFU Community Rugby Coaches. And all of the matches were refereed by students from Godalming College – Tom Crawford, Dom Popham, Matt Tye and Sam Crook – who have been part of the RFU’s Volunteer Development Programme this past season. They showed a very positive attitude, and the matches were free flowing with plenty of tries scored.

England Women’s scrum half La Toya Mason was in attendance, signing jerseys, answering questions throughout the day and handing out medals and trophies.

La Toya also presented a special fair play award to Katie Frost (Waverley Borough), for showing great sportsmanship throughout all the matches and playing with a smile on her face whatever the result.

La Toya said: “It was great to see all teams enjoying their rugby, and there were definitely some stars of the future out there playing.”

Guildford Borough won the tournament, having gone through the competition unbeaten, displaying superb teamwork and excellent handling skills. A special mention goes to Georgia Newman from Guildford, nominated as ‘Best Player of the Day’.