Hawks Women start season in style

Henley Hawks Women 31-5 Supermarine Ladies

Henley Hawks Women started their Championship South 19/20 season with a comfortable bonus point win over Supermarine Ladies.

The first 5 minutes saw a nervous Hawks allow Supermarine to have possession and to score an early try. Not converted. From the restart, the Hawks bounced back with some nice attacking play, notably from Jemma Thripp, who made a break down the wing but was tackled just short of the line. A quick thinking, chip kick from Gilly Thomas took the ball over the try line but Supermarine got there first, which resulted in a 22 drop out. Good pressure from Henley kept Supermarine close to their line and a driving maul from a line out saw Katie Phillips score Henley's first try of the game to even the score out. 5-5 half time.

The second half saw the Hawks be a lot more clinical and move the ball quickly from break downs. Henley’s second try of the game came from a turnover ball. A quick pass to Sam Page, saw her carry the ball just short of the line but the support was there and she managed to offload to Jemma Thripp, who scored. Converted by Mia McCreeh, 12-5. Supermarine had a good run of attacking play which saw Henley defending their try line once again. Resilient defending saw the Hawks win a penalty to alleviate the pressure. Some more strong line breaks from Sam Page as well as Nina Webb saw Henley make ground, the latter scoring Henley's third try, following a scrum on the 5-meter line and quick hands through the backs. Converted by Rachel Humphreys to make it 19-5.

The Hawks continued to press and kept Supermarine defending their line. With Supermarine a player down, following a yellow card to their 10, Henley managed to capitalise on having an extra player. Solid forwards play eventually saw Lisa Tavinor take the ball over the line, not converted, 24-5. The Hawks kept coming with some great attacking play and were determined to get a bonus point. The second to last play of the game saw Mia McCreesh hit a great line from out to in and score under the posts, which she converted to make the final score 31-5. 

Players’ Player went to Sam Page and Coaches’ player went to Tina Simpson.

Head Coach Joe Harwood's thoughts - 

‘We could not have wished for a better start to the season. The performance was scrappy at times but that was to be expected with 8 players making league debuts for us on the day. However at times we also showed our class. 

The girls needed the 1st half performance to get to know each other and to get the rustiness out of the system. However in the end we attacked with greater tempo, width, speed, go forward and support. The work ethic was there from 1 - 22, i cannot fault that. We scored 5 tries and should have scored more. 

We know we have areas to address heading in to Trojans away on Sunday 15th September. But we should take confidence in a bonus point win’.

Match photos from Sunday’s game are courtesy of Steve Karpa;

https://www.flickr.com/photos/steve_karpa/albums/72157710759470122

On Tuesday 17th September we host an Inner Warrior session at Dry Leas from 7 30 - 9. We would welcome any female, 17-years or older of any rugby playing or non rugby playing back ground. We are recruiting and the short term goal is the creation of a 2nd team. If you'd like more information on this please contact Head Coach, Joe Harwood on 07775676192 or harwoj@hotmail.co.uk