Champs aim to keep winning

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Going through the season undefeated has exceeded all expectations for Bletchley Ladies.

On Sunday, they secured the National Challenge South East North 2 with a 12-0 win over Peterborough - yet another conquest on their ever growing list.

“We didn’t even know if we were going to have enough players to field a team,” said Sally Peters, Director of Ladies Rugby at Bletchley.

“But the players came out of the woodwork and we now have 36 players registered.”

Their strength in depth and their impressive fitness have helped them overpower and dominate teams not just at their level, but also in leagues above as Bletchley powered their way to the Junior Cup semi finals.

Even though the league title is wrapped up with a game to spare, Bletchley aren’t going to take their foot off the gas.

Sally said: “The conditions on Sunday were so miserable and cold, winning the league didn’t have such a great feeling as it should have!

“Even though they’ve won the league already, this is the game everyone wants to play in. We don’t want to ease up because next weekend is the semi-final, and we want to keep going at full pace.”

And that semi final is certainly something they’re taking seriously. The team will play either Kendal or Sefton, and are travelling up the night before to ensure they’re well rested before battling it out for a spot in the final.

“Last year, the final was held at Twickenham,” said Sally. “So there’s a pretty big incentive to win the semi for both teams.”

With promotion on the horizon next season, Sally believes Bletchley will be more than capable of holding their own again at a higher level too.

She added: “I think against more established sides, we’ll be just as competitive.

“Sometimes, we’ve taken on teams who haven’t quite had the numbers, and we’ve had non-competitive scrums which the girls don’t really enjoy.

“I think Bletchley will be more than capable of competing at a higher level, and we’re looking forward to it.”