Saturday 15th January saw four of the Wakefield Girls Academy run out teams at U12, U14, and U16 level, at the first girl’s festival of 2011.
The festival was held at the Old Corinthians ground by host organisers Hunslet. The girl’s festival provided the opportunity for the academy girls to put into practice what they have been learning at training on Monday evenings. Although, only four girls played from the academy the festivals are organised to allow players to join other teams to provide them with more playing opportunities.
Both Amber Yates and Megan Rodgers from the U12’s joined girls from Castleford, Huddersfield, and Keighley and played against a strong Stanningley team, in over four ten minute quarters. Although the girls had never played as a team before they played extremely well in attack. Natalie Aldred was over the moon when she was told she would be playing alongside the Castleford team against a combination team consisting of players from Hunslet and Huddersfield St Joes. Unfortunately, Natalie suffered a hand injury and had to stop, but nevertheless, she loved playing at the festival. Charlotte Peel represented the Wildcats at U16’s playing alongside a winning team made up of players from Hunslet and Meltham. This match was very physical and was a good representation of what the girl’s game is all about.
Wakefield Wildcats Women & Girls Rugby Development Officer Clare Marlow said “These festivals are fantastic as they create opportunities for clubs without enough players to join other teams and gain match experience. I was so proud of the girls who played; they were a credit to the club and themselves”
The next girl’s festival is to be held on Saturday 29 January at Queensbury.
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