Thursday, 14 February 2008

Well done to all the Essex County Girls who represented East Region in Yorkshire at the weekend.
It was a weekend of mixed fortunes for the two age groups with the U18's going down 28-5 and the U15's winning 25-5.

Nat McClarnon (Capt)
Sarah Carmen
Rachel French
Emily Scott
Cherelle Alphonse
Charlie Micallef

Jess Harris
Ellie Martin
Megan Robson
Alex Grant
Lucie Wood
Layla Pickering
Abbie Cook
Maddy Lockwood
Olivia Stembridge
Yasmin Pemberton

Congratulations to Abbie and Olivia who both scored tries on their Regional Debut.

Thursday, 24 January 2008

Change of the Guard at RFUW

January 24th, 2008

This appeared on the Eastern Counties Blog today, and I am sure Vincent would not object to a bit of cut and pasting to acknowledge the service of someone who has done wonders for the Ladies and Girls game in this country.

Most of us at grassroots level know little if anything of who does what amongst the senior management of the RFUW.Yesterday, a change was announced which is worth recording.
Carol Isherwood is stepping down as Director of Rugby.

Why is this important to us? Two reasons:
Firstly, it is worth recording the departure of one of the longest serving and most dedicated servants of women’s rugby. Isherwood was a founding member of the RFUW in 1983 (i.e long before many of those who read this site were born!).
Her profile on the RFUW site includes the following information:
As a founding member of the RFUW in 1983, Carol Isherwood also sat as its first secretary. From there, she was appointed to a number of volunteer board roles over the next 15 years. Her achievements in sport are many, from working for the Westminster City Council for 10 years as the Sports Development Manager, to being the first Captain of the Women’s Great Britain Squad (1986) and the Women’s England Squad (1987). Carol is also a Level 3 coach, and has coached Richmond (girls, second and first teams), the South Division, England Emerging and the England Squad (Assistant Coach). Carol was recently awarded an OBE (2003) for Services to Women’s Rugby.
The other reason this change is worth marking, is Carol’s prime responsibility to
Direct and manage strategies for the development and growth of women and girls rugby.
Organisations change as they grow, and the RFUW’s capacity to support junior grassroots rugby has evolved and improved very swiftly over the last few years.
Given that “The RFUW Board will be reviewing the current staffing structures before any further announcements”, her departure seems bound to have further implications for our area of the game.
We wish her all the very best in whatever she does next.

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

Regional Selections

Congratulations to all the Essex Girls who attended trials for the East region on sunday at Coopers Coborn School in Upminster.
The standard of Rugby this year is higher than ever and the Coaches had a difficult task in selecting the final 26 to make up this years squad.

Regional U18's

Cherelle Alphonse. (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Sarah Carmen. (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Rachel French. (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Natalie McClarnon. (Basildon RFC)
Charlie Micalef. (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Sophie Russell. (Basildon RFC)
Emily Scott. (Basildon RFC)
India Harvey. (Westcliff RFC)
Keziah Hopkins. (Westcliff RFC)
Dannie Harris (Westcliff RFC)

Regional U15's

Abbie Cook (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Alex Grant (Basildon RFC)
Jess Harris (Basildon RFC)
Jess Wilkins (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Frances (Basildon RFC)
Madeleine Lockwood (Basildon RFC)
Ellie Martin (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Layla Pickering (Rochford Hundred RFC)
Megan (Basildon RFC)
Olivia Stembridge (Romford & Gidea Park RFC)
Lucie Wood (Basildon RFC)
Yasmin Pemberton (Rochford Hundred RFC)

Well done to all the girls.

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

Well Done Essex U15's

This season the U15's produced some excellent rugby whilst playing in County Colours.

The Girls played 10 Games in total (5 of which were at the County Festival)

In those 10 games they suffered only 1 defeat which was against a well drilled Herts side.

This year the forwards have grown in stature, and in 99% of their games have totally dominated their opponents.
The Backs have shown that they can compete against anyone and on sheer pace and handling have left many opponents in their wake.

In their 10 games they have scored 235 points and only had 25 scored against them.


Essex 51 Berkshire 5
Essex 10 Kent 5
Essex 51 Kent B 0
Essex 19 Eastern Counties 0
Essex 15 Middlesex 5
Essex 44 Leicestershire 0
Essex 0 Herts 10
Essex 10 Oxfordshire 0
Essex 17 Middlesex 0
Essex 36 Berkshire 0

Essex Squad 2007/8

  1. Ellie Martin Rochford RFC
  2. Jess Harris Basildon RFC
  3. Alice Wright Basildon RFC
  4. Megan Robson Basildon RFC Captain
  5. Frances Hughes Basildon RFC
  6. Alex Grant Basildon RFC
  7. Layla Pickering Rochford RFC
  8. Yasmin Pemberton Braintree RFC
  9. Lucie Wood Basildon RFC
  10. Jessica Wilkins Rochford RFC
  11. Abbie Cook Rochford RFC
  12. Maddy Lockwood Basildon RFC
  13. Emma Dorrington Rochford RFC
  14. Olivia Stembridge Romford RFC
  15. Anna Roberts Westcliff RFC

Coach Pete Turner

Asst Coach Rebecca Howard

Asst Coach Phil Robson

Team Manager Tina Turner

Congratulations to all girls for your effort and performances this season.

Unfortunately the age banding means that this successful team has played its last game, as some of the girls move up to the U18's next season. Good Luck to those girls who move up to the U18's next season and good luck and keep up the good work to all those girls who will be carrying the U15's banner next season.

It has been a pleasure to work with you all at County this season

Thank you


Essex Programme Manager