After an excellent performance by the Army (W) against the RAF (W) in Aldershot, the team prepared themselves to battle the Navy (W) at Kneller Hall on Saturday 9 May 2015 to retain their Inter-Service title.
The Army came out firing on all cylinders and within 3 minutes Gnr Jess McAuley went speeding over the try line to score her first try of the game. Army 5 – Navy 0.
During the first half of the game, both teams struggled to get momentum and kept making simple handling errors. The Army (W) capitalised on the Navy’s (W) errors scoring a further 4 tries in the first half by Lt Jade Binskin-Barnes, LCpl Maz Claassens, Skipper Cpl Jane Leonard and Cpl Jade Mullen, bringing the score to 29-0.
In the second half the Army (W) came out strong receiving the ball from the restart and making a dash through the Navy’s (W) defence, pushing them all the way back into their 22. The Army (W) forwards kept rolling through the Navy (W) defence, giving Pte Ellie Gatlin a perfect platform to crash over the try line followed by the conversion from Capt Gemma Rowland. Army 36 – Navy 0.
The Navy (W), more determined than ever to get points on the board, worked hard with ball in hand crashing and driving the Army (W) defence back. The Army (W) worked hard in defence, re-aligned quickly and eventually put a halt to the Navy’s (W) attack.
The Army (W) were eager to change the momentum of the game and within the space of 10 minutes ran in another 3 tries from Jade Binskin-Barnes, Cpl Caz Roberts and Pte Heidi Silcox. Army 53 – Navy 0.
With 10 minutes left on the clock the Army (W) drills were slick with smooth ball handling skills and strong leg drives by both the forwards and the backs, driving Jess McAuley over the try line for her second try of the match and a perfect send off for her in her last game in the Army. Bringing the score to 58 – 0.
With the clock on 79 minutes smooth passing skills following a fantastic break by the forwards put Sgt Rosie Haigh in a perfect space to drive over the try line scoring in last game in the Army. Gemma Rowland had another successful conversion, leaving the final score Army 65 – Navy 0.
We wish all the best to both Gnr Jessica McAuley and Sgt Rosie Haigh as they leave the Army. Both players have been a huge asset to the team. Jess who is known for her speed and quick footwork will be missed dancing around the opposition defences. Rosie has been part of the Army (W) team for a number of years, her game knowledge, awareness and leadership by example will be sorely missed on the pitch.