Chippenham RFC Girl’s Tour 2018
13th April – 15th April
On the afternoon of the 13th of April, the under 13’s, under 15’s and under 18’s girls teams from Chippenham RFC gathered to set off on their tour to Kent! The weekend began with the girls congregating at the club house so that the coaches could discuss the events and rules of the weekend, rules which may seem unorthodox to many! After a presentation of our tour shirts that were embroidered here at Sporting Billy, we were given a small army figurine and a chocolate bunny, and it was clear to see the confusion on the girl’s faces. Our challenge for the tour was to look after the bunny without it melting or being squashed and it had to be with us at all times (apart from when we were playing of course!) and shown to the coaches on their command. The figurine however, held a different purpose. When a horn was blown once, it was our job to assume the position of soldier (some having missing limbs) and when the horn was blown twice, we had to lie on our backs waving our legs and arms in the air! The coaches did not restrain from blowing the horn in any location including the service station. So, the weekend was off to a slightly strange but nevertheless exciting start. After a long journey, we arrived at Kingswood Grosvenor Hall in Ashford, our accommodation for the weekend and once we had finished our first meal and taken part in an activity in the evening, I think we were all ready to settle down in the rooms.
The second day began with room captains making sure everyone was up and ready for breakfast at the right time. A few blows of the horn later and we sat down for a full plate of breakfast to prepare ourselves for the game ahead. An hour on the coach and everyone was ready to play rugby in the sunshine! 30 minutes each way at Dartfordians and the Chippenham girls managed to secure a win in every age category against a never before played team with player of the match going to Beanie (u13s), Annabel (u15s) and myself for the u18s.
Under 13s: 110 – 5 (win)
Under 15s: 47-22 (win)
Under 18s: 54-10 (win)
The afternoon played host to a range of activities including abseiling, leap of faith and mini Olympics, each of which were completed in three teams lead by coaches John, Andy and Matt. The girls excelled in the activities, with many conquering some personal fears and it was great to see other girls encouraging and helping them to do so. The team spirit truly shone through in these moments. Then came the evenings antics; Kangaroo Court! It was very funny to see what all the girls had been up to behind the coach’s backs and what they thought they had gotten away with throughout the two days. Forfeits included eating strange foods like pickled onions and sticks of celery!
It was clear that everyone was tired from the events of the day before, however we had to put this aside and play as good a game of rugby as we knew how to. Deal and Ashford proved a strong side but we powered through and played a great game in every category. The Under 15s and 13s managed to secure wins but unfortunately the u18s were not so lucky. Even with a loss, the under 18s received some highly positive feedback about the game of rugby we played such as, “they are one of the most well drilled sides in girl’s rugby that I have seen!” Player of the match went to Libby (u15s) and I was very grateful to receive player of the match for the second time for the under 18s. Feeling rather worn out, we all headed down to the beach for an ice cream before our departure.
Under 13s: won two games, conceding only one try overall
Under 15s: 51-0 (win)
Under 18s: 53-5 (loss)
This tour was a weekend full of excitement, adrenalin and laughter and it was clear to see that everyone had an amazing time. I can honestly say that I am honoured to be a part of Chippenham RFC’s girls section and it has been incredible to see the sport grow in this category as it has. When I started we were lucky to get more than ten girls to a training session but seeing forty girls come away on tour was rather heartwarming. I have had the best time training with these girls and my amazing coaches, learning skills I couldn’t have obtained anywhere else and I cannot wait to make my last season with my Chippenham RFC family the best yet.
Poppy Dall'Occo (Under 18s)
Poppy Dall'Occo (Under 18s)