Gloucester-Hartpury Women off to a strong start to the new season.
6 October 2016
Gloucester-Hartpury women’s team certainly sounded out a warning to their rivals as they racked up almost a double century of points in their opening pair of Women’s Championship Midlands Two clashes.
Susie Appleby's team travelled to the Midlands and inflicted a 95-0 defeat on Birmingham Moseley WRFC with full-back Chloe Barton scoring five of the tries! A week later, Shelford Ladies were on the wrong end of an 82-0 scoreline with the Cherry and Whites in fine form at Hartpury College’s Gillman’s Ground.
First up on the road at Birmingham Moseley, there was a brace of tries for winger Michelle Ruddock and the others to cross the whitewash were hooker Anabelle Whitecross, second row Kayleigh Bartlett, number eight and England international Gemma Sharples, scrum-half Tara Godby, Welsh international centre, Rebecca De Filippo, centre Bethany Hicks, winger Beth Jones and replacements Amelia Lavellee and Lauren Graham.
"This is a very exciting season for us," said head coach, Susie Appleby.
"We have attracted new young players who will learn a lot from more experienced players like Gemma (Sharples) and Rebecca (De Filippo). They are growing in confidence every session.
'I'm really pleased with how ruthless we were against Moseley. The girls just kept the pressure on and converting that into points."
While Annabelle Whitecross put in an outstanding performance at hooker, De Filippo shone with her ball carries and there was a strong defensive performance by Molly Teague.
In Round Two the following weekend, Gloucester-Hartpury Women took their points total close to the 200 mark without reply as they beat Shelford Ladies by 82 points to nil.
Having already amassed 95 unanswered points in their opening fixture, Susie Appleby’s side scored 14 tries and six conversions to take their points tally to 177.
There were braces for Bethany Hicks, Beth Jones, Michelle Ruddock, Mary Ann Gittings and ex-England international Leah Carey while Lauren Graham, Tara Godby, Samantha Johnson and Ellen Wood completed the scoring with a try each.
Gloucester-Hartpury will face Bletchley next with their opening home fixture of the campaign (Saturday, October 9th), and would love your support!