Hawks Women go down fighting at Richmond

Richmond 25-0 Hawks Women

Thursday 29th August saw Henley Hawks Women travel to Richmond for a preseason training session and match.

The session was lead by the Richmond coaches and started with some S&C before forwards and backs split to work on set pieces. The forwards worked on line outs and lifting before testing themselves on some scrummaging against the powerful Richmond pack whilst the backs worked on some fast paced attacking play with 5 v 3's and back 3 kick receipt and counter attack work.

The training game was set up to allow both teams to run through their set plays and attack against live opposition in preparation for the start of the season.

The first half of the game started with a scrum which was won by Richmond. Henley started with high defensive intensity with big hits made by Simpson and debut Hawk, Phillips. 

Richmond applied a lot of pressure in attack with strong hard lines  however, Henley’s tenacity eventually turned over the ball which allowed for the new 9 and 10 partnership McNaney and Thomas to work well together to unleash Shrimpton to run strong hard lines gaining ground for the Hawks.

Richmond’s defence however, was solid through their consistent line speed. Eventually meaning they turned over the ball and scored.

During these continuous phases of attack new signing Bagguley worked hard as the last defender keeping out Richmond for some time.

Second half started with a kick restart from Richmond received well by Henley allowing Webb to gain ground on her debut however, the Richmond defence remained solid and it was difficult for the Hawks to break through.

Richmond attempted to kick for touch but came up short. Wysocki-Jones received well and took the ball forward with a strong counter attack. Pressure from Richmond allowed them to regain possession and after some continuous phases of play they managed to score again.

The game finished Richmond 25 - Henley 0. Henley took lots from both the training and the game thanks to the highly competitive Richmond.  We look forward to the first league game at home against Supermarine on Sunday 8th September.

Thank you again to Richmond for hosting this event and we look forward to next time.

Head Coach, Joe Harwood's, thoughts - 

‘As mentioned we learnt a lot from the experience, both about us as a coaching team and as a playing group. Thank you to Richmond for being such excellent hosts. 

There were debuts from Katie Phillips, Naomi Ball, Olive McNaney, Nina Webb and Jemma Thripp.  All of whom showed glimpses of quality. 

From Sutton and Epsom to this performance, the improvement was huge. The work rate, tenacity and desire to get the ball back in defence was very pleasing. 

If we continue to work hard and to improve at the rate at which we have done, we will perform strongly this season. 

We are always looking for new players and we are hosting an Inner Warrior session on Tuesday 17th September 7 30 - 9, aimed at new players 17 years old or above. Of any experience. We are looking to develop a second team in the short term. That number of players and competition within the squad will only push the performances to better places. If you are interested in attending this session please contact me on harwoj@hotmail.co.uk or 07775676192’.