- Perfect start to Ormskirk's anniversary season
- Southport success brings first trophy of the new campaign
Photo: RFU Archive
Ormskirk Ladies claimed their first piece of silverware of the new season when they emerged as unbeaten winners this week of the inaugural Southport Rugby 10s Festival.
The ambitious team, who celebrate their 20th anniversary this season, swept the opposition teams away with some devastating attacking play backed up with robust defence.
Ormskirk captain Keisha Hendricks said: “I was so proud of the players today. Everyone played their part in this and I think we probably shocked few teams.”
Coach John Foster gave full debuts to back-rower Selina Makin and full-back Vicky Irwin and was delighted with the team’s performance. He added: “Selina had to play out of position today and acquitted herself superbly in the centre. She was a constant threat and showed some nifty footwork and good running lines.
“Vicky is a tremendous strike player and I’m looking to build on her kicking game throughout the season. She was our top try scorer yesterday, so I’m pretty sure she will remember her debut for a long time.
“We have worked hard in training on our defensive shape and that held up pretty well. Our forwards worked really hard allowing our experienced halfbacks Anna O’Malley and Jenny Leitch to dominate proceedings. It was a long day for the players but they maintained the intensity right up to the last game.”
Southport hosted teams from Kendal, Tyldesley and Preston Grasshoppers with the objective of giving local teams a pre-season competition to prepare them for the league programme that begins on September 15 at Kendal.
Ormskirk won all their games convincingly, conceding only two tries throughout the afternoon, a factor that certainly pleased the coach.
The team’s next match is the pre-season friendly against newly-promoted Preston Grasshoppers which kicks off at 2.30pm on Sunday September 8 at Green Lane.