Olney girls just want to play rugby

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A group of young rugby girls have emerged from a winter of hard training and remain determined to build one of the strongest teams in the region.

Nine months on from their first training session, Olney’s U16s are still going strong and recently celebrated a win in their first ever match.

Battling the wind, rain and snow of winter, the girls have been training every week as they continue to learn more about the game, and on a rare sunny Sunday they were able to put their learning into practice when they welcomed Towcestrians to Doffs Fields.

In two 15 minute matches, Olney convincingly beat the visitors by eight tries to two, with some big tackles along the way.

Following that success, the girls had the small matter of a trip to Franklins Gardens, home of Northampton Saints, for a friendly 7s tournament with three other local sides.

Victory over Towcestrians was followed by defeats to Old Northamptonians and Wellingborough, but Olney’s girls were still proud of their efforts – as was coach Mike Bebbington who said they’ve been a pleasure to teach.

He said: “They didn’t need much encouragement. It was their idea to set up a team in the first place and they have not looked back since. They love playing the game.

“Most of the girls are only 15 at the moment, but we are going to try and join the U18s girls league next season, so we are recruiting players for the team, and an U15s side too.”

Anyone looking to take up rugby can call Mike on 07733 216027.