SEPTEMBER will mark the start of a new and exciting era for the ladies of Bletchley Rugby Club as they prepare for their first ever season of competitive action.
After a couple of years playing friendly games while trying to increase their numbers, the team will enter the London North 3 League along with six other fledgling sides in the hope of taking their rugby skills to the next level.
Playing exactly the same rules as their male counterparts, most of the Bletchley ladies have only started playing the game in the last 12 months but have come on leaps and bounds, finally earning their first ever victory towards the end of last season – in which they played 16 times.
Scrum-half Jessica McGinn began playing for the team last year despite knowing very little about the sport, and says it was one of the best decisions she has ever made.
“I work in marketing and spend most of my days sat at my computer desk,” she said. “But I just gave rugby a try one day. I didn’t know the rules or anything but I soon picked it up and it’s fantastic.
“We’re a great bunch of girls. We don’t take it too seriously, it’s about having fun first and foremost, but it was great to get our first win last season.
“We play the same game as the men though and you can pick up knocks. We had a girl suffer a fractured wrist last year. But we also know how to have a good time. We’ve got a good mix of people – some big, some small, just what we need.
“Playing in a league next season will help us progress further and we’re looking forward to the challenge. We did a lot of travelling to play games last season so we don’t mind that.”
With just a couple of months to go before their first game, the ladies are in need of a level two qualified coach to help them train at Manor Fields on Wednesday nights, and also want to attract new players. Anyone interested can contact Jesscia on 07714 627945.