Wanderers Ladies team continued their rugby education at the weekend when they attended Broughton Rugby Club in Edinburgh to take part in a National Development League Tournament and training session designed to give ladies teams real time match experience before being considered for entry into the mainstream ladies competitions in Scotland next season.
Participation in these regular events is essential if Wanderers Ladies are to be accepted by the games governing body, the Scottish Rugby union into the senior ladies game. Rugby safety, knowledge, skills and ability are all assessed over the course of these tournaments and to date the Fort Matilda Ladies have not been found wanting.
The Wanderers girls enjoyed another successful outing and won all three of their games against Annan, St Andrews University and Lismore. Several first rate performances were posted , most notably by Lauren Gunn, Angela Marshall, Catriona Cowan, Rachel Morrison and Geraldine McGroarty but the whole team showed signs of real progress which augurs well for the future.
Wanderers’ youngster Erin Haldane played in the Under-18’s tournament for Glasgow side Hillhead/ Jordanhill and she had a field day scoring ten tries in her sides’ four victories which included wins over Edinburgh Wanderers and Ayr.
Haldane will be back in Wanderers colours though on Saturday when Greenock Ladies host Lismore in a warm-up match at Fort Matilda ahead of Greenock’s important league game against Hamilton. The ladies fixture kicks-off at 1pm with the league match due to start at 3pm.
The Ladies side is developing quite a following and it is anticipated that a sizeable crowd will be at Fort Matilda on Saturday to cheer them on as they look to build on last week’s victory at Grangemouth.
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