Stars Rugby 7s


In den letzten drei Monaten hatte ich das große Glück bei ein bis zwei Spielen pro Woche antreten zu dürfen. Für die Cheltenham Tigers Ladies sowie für die University of Gloucestershire. Was die ganze Sache nochmal übertrifft: bei allen Spielen war ich in der Startaufstellung – und durfte für 80 Minuten auf dem Platz bleiben. Meistens habe ich die Position 12 gespielt, aber auch als Gedrängehalb wurde ich öfter eingesetzt. Mir hat die Saison bisher unglaublich viel Spaß gemacht. Was mich ärgert ist, dass ich krankheitsbedingt nicht so trainieren konnte wie ich wollte (und auch bei drei Spielen aussetzten musste).

Doch bevor es für mich in die kurze Winterpause geht, steht noch ein weiteres unglaublich verrücktes und großes Event an. Letzes Jahr war ich ungefähr zu dieser Zeit bei den Dubai 7s. Dieses Jahr geht es für mich nach New York!!!!!

Ich habe die große Ehre von der Mannschaft Stars Rugby 7s eingeladen worden zu sein, mit ihnen bei den New York Sevens am 28.11.2015 anzutreten.
Niemanden aus dieser Mannschaft habe ich bisher kennengelernt, aber dass passiert dann spätestens am Freitag vor dem Turnier bei einer kleinen Trainingseinheit.

Alle weiteren Infos werde ich so schnell wie möglich mitteilen. Jetzt heißt es, Sachen packen und auf geht’s nach New York!!! :)

New York 7s

Ein Bild von den New York 7s – zufälligerweise hat mir das der gute Falk vor einer Ewigkeit auf meiner FB-Seite gepostet. 

Jonny May coaching Cheltenham Tigers Ladies


The initiative ‘Gloucester Rugby in local clubs’ made is possible for Cheltenham Tigers Ladies to be coached by two Gloucester rugby players.

There is talk of England’s wing Jonny May and prop Paddy McAllister who joined the Tuesday session at Newlands Park.

#GRinLocalClubs is held in ten different local clubs and both players think it’s a great opportunity for teams to take some tips along and to learn from experienced players.

After 45 minutes spending on handling drills, two-on-one’s and running-lines, Jonny May said: “I’m absolutely impressed of the skills of the girls. In our session today we just did a lot of basics. But this is very important and it’s something we also do every training session with Gloucester.”

Bee Mocellin, one of the Cheltenham Ladies, could learn a lot from this session: “I enjoyed the spin that Jonny put onto a normally mundane two-on-one drill. He put the emphasis on the defender to put the attackers under pressure and make the correct decision. By changing body angles and backing off the defender became much more dangerous.”

“The joint session where we expanded and used ‘ice’ was great. High lighting how on the rugby field now everyone can be a decision maker and put defenders under pressure.”

Also the men team of Cheltenham Tigers RFC had the honor to be coached by May and McAllister.

The Gloucester community initiative already took part at HQ Harlequins RFC, Dursley RFC, Newent RFC with Aviva Premiership players like James Hook and Stevie McColl.

Gloucester Rugby players coaching Cheltenham Tigers Ladies

Gloucester Rugby players coaching Cheltenham Tigers Ladies

Thurrock return to form against the Tigers


Thurrock Ladies RFC 68 Cheltenham Tigers 14

This time Cheltenham Tigers ladies did not stand many chances to score against Thurrock Ladies.

In the first leg Tigers achieved an historical 17:15 win over the reigning champion which was not only their first win over Thurrock for seven years, it was T-Bird’s first Championship loss for several seasons.

But on Sunday 8, Cheltenham faced a squad in good strength who wanted their revenge at the rugby ground in Essex, after a minute of silence to remember the fallen men and women from the wars.

With ten minutes on the clock, T-Birds resumed usual service and crossed the line following some well-played offloads of their forward pack.

Cheltenham struggled to create their attack due to big pressure of the opponents and poor defense of the Tigers enabled Thurrock to score four more times.

In the last 15 minutes of the first-half, suddenly the guests were on the front foot and kept T-Birds away of their try-line with big tackles made by forwards Maddie Massey, Michelle Lewis and Fran Strong. But their time in Thurrock’s territory could not be turned into points.

Cheltenham was already 28 points behind at half-time when Thurrock again was the first team to score against the 16 player’s short side.

Kim Drage, who came on at half-time, finally found space to counter. After the pack maintain to secure the ball, hooker Emily Kingston enabled centre Meg Youdan to transfer the ball to full back Emma Mundy who rounded up the move with five points and a successful conversion.

But T-Bird’s dominated possession and territory and soon assaulted on the Tigers line again to confirm their victory.

In the last minutes of the match Tigers grind out another try with fly half O’Brien kicked the ball into the opposite 22 followed by a great tackle of Drage which enabled captain Youdan to get the ball to score another five points. Mundy converted again successfully.

The full-time score of 68-14 is the highest defeat of the Tigers this season.

Captain Youdan admits: “They scored from first phase and sometimes after many phases. They were just good and organized and we probably not used to that speed”.

Cheltenham Tigers play Wasps Ladies II at Newlands Park on Sunday 15.

18-7 defeat of Exeter University


University of Gloucestershire 18 Exeter University 7

The University of Gloucestershire women’s rugby team returned to form with a victory over University of Exeter after an unsteady start to the season.

An look at the table on Wednesday morning would have suggested that the home team in fourth place had no chance against leaders Exeter.

But Gloucestershire looked confident with important players back on the field like Millie Wood and Devon Holt who missed the last two games due to injury.

In the sixth minute of the game, outside centre Wood opened the scoring after she kept three defenders out of her way with good hand-offs.

A successful conversion from team captain Sarah Nicholastook Gloucestershire to a 7-0 lead at the Prince of Wales Stadium.

Pouncing on a loose ball, number 12 Viv Bahlmann enabled fly-half Daisy Fahey to transfer the ball to winger Courtney Bishop who rounded off the move with another five points.

The second half started slowly for the hosts with Exeter pressing hard and trying to get their forwards across the try line. Finally a lapse in defence enabled them to score.

The Blue and Blues worked harder to avoid additional points for the opponents, especially the pack who protected the rucks for any breakthrough.

Despite many well-played balls from scrum-half Holt, strong defence from the opposite backs line prevented Gloucestershire from scoring again.

But better possession of the field and mistakes from the visitors in their 22 twice enabled Nicholas to turn penalties into points.

Henry Birch, forwards coach of Gloucestershire was pleased with the result.

He said: “Our defence has been very good in the past couple of games and yesterday we managed to make the difference in our attack in order to get crucial points on the board.

“I definitely think we can still make into the top four that reach the play-offs. I think that we should be aiming for a minimum of third judging by our performance so far this season.”

The University of Gloucestershire play the University of Cambridge away next week at Fitzwilliam College Sports Ground.

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Foggy Newlands Park


Cheltenham Tigers 10 Richmond Ladies II 19

Cheltenham Tigers Ladies finished the first half of the season in third place in the RFUW Championship South One table, despite defeat to Richmond last Sunday.

The Tigers suffered their biggest defeat of the season so far last time the two teams met after losing 39-19 against then leaders Richmond on September 13, after a key player left the pitch in the opening minutes due to injury.

After a last-minute try secured a slender 41-36 victory last week against Hove Ladies, the Tigers displayed unbreakable defensive work from kick-off at an extremely cloudy Newlands Park.

Although Richmond enjoyed more possession, their backs failed to transfer the ball further than their inside centre and battled with big Tigers pressure.

Cheltenham knew it was going to be a scarce game and decided to kick a penalty in the 10th minute, which full-back Emma Mundy converted.

The Londoners spent most of the first half behind the opposition’s 22, and attempted repeatedly to get their forwards over the try line but when Referee Iain Morris blew the whistle for the break, the score still was 3-0 to the hosts.

The second half saw the first try of the game, with Richmond’s pack pressing hard – enabling Marlose Van Duuren to score.

The visitors continued to frustrate the Tigers with a try by front row Elisha Dee.

Cheltenham struggled to make a dent in the opposition’s pack and Richmond took advantage by powering into a 19-3 lead, with Sammy Crandell scoring twice and full-back Jayne Goodlife converting both tries.

Cheltenham found it hard to settle back into the game, but finally a few quickly played penalties brought them to within inches of the whitewash, before the Tigers’ backs finally managed to move the ball effectively into the outside channel where wing Suzie Walker found space to break through and score.

Full-back Mundy converted to make the final score 19-10 to the visitors.

Cheltenham travel away to leaders Thurrock on Sunday knowing they will have a tough task to come away with victory as the hosts have begun the season with 14 wins out of 14 matches.

Cheltenham: Emily Kingston, Niamh Egan, Michelle Lewis, Francesca Strong, Maddie Massey, Jessica Elbeck, Megan Lavill, Becky Wilson, Laura Hale, Beth O’Brien, Suzie Walker, Viv Bahlmann, Meg Youdan, Lauren Williams, Emma Mundy, Sally Thornton, Bee Mocellin, Kayleigh Winser, Kimberley Drage.

Richmond: Emily Scott, Lydia Zajiczek, Elisha Dee, Mairead Nee, Sammy Crandell, Wendy Fisher, Libby Povey, Lil Knight, Nicole Kwee, Tess Braunerova, Marlose Van Duuren, Vic Britland, Fran Hall, Angela Chapado, Jayne Goodlife.
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