05 Jul SGS win AoC National Seven’s Cup
SGS College went unbeaten at the AoC National Women’s 7s cup at Moseley RFC to add some more silverware to their ever growing trophy cabinet.
With the majority of the team fresh off the plane from the academy tour to Dubai, this would prove to be a real test of their fitness and character. Especially considering they had been exposed to the scorching 44 degrees heat of the UAE.
The first game in the round robin finals was against Gwent College. SGS started with a bang and immediately scored from the kick off. This was then followed up by another four tries giving SGS a 33-0 lead at half time. With the changes being made, SGS then went on to score another three tries in the second period giving them a 48-0 win.
The next three games were all against fellow AASE colleges. The first versus Worthing College who stunned SGS with their pace and work rate off the ball. As a result, SGS went into half time trailing 19-7.
An inspired break from Lucy Burgess and superb support play from the team allowed SGS to claw themselves back into the game and SGS eventually came out as 22-19 winners. A similar pattern followed versus Bishop Burton which again SGS trailed at half time, but managed to turn it around and win 26-19.
With three games out of four down, this set up the competition decider versus Exeter College. Exeter had also gone unbeaten in their three previous games and were showing signs of real intent to play.
SGS started well with back to back tries from Charlotte Wright-Haley. The SGS attack was functioning well and a lot of this was due to the graft in from Milly O’Donnell, Amy Coggins and Kalee Hopkins. Slick hands and good decision making meant that skipper Jess Dadds, Lucie Skuse and Katie Harvey all cruised under the sticks for further tries. Exeter always responded well and scored three deserved tries,
At the end, however SGS came out 42-17 winners with their performance of the day which saw them crowned AoC National 7s champions.
Jess Dadds (C), Katie Harvey, Amy Coggins, Milly O’Donnell, Charlotte Wright-Haley, Kalee Hopkins, Lucy Burgess, Robyn Price, Lucie Skuse, Elouise Linton, Izzy Love