Girls Rugby at Dyffryn Taf

It has been another highly successful season for the Girls Rugby teams at Dyffryn Taf School.

The 1st XV Senior Girls took on Bear Creek High School from Canada for the second year in succession on the 15th of March. The match took place at Whitland RFC in slightly drizzly conditions. Dyffryn Taf proved too strong for the young Bear Creek side and finished convincing 43-0 winners.

Both sides gave their all in this physical match that was well refereed by Mr Steve Earles. The players and supporters then retired to the clubhouse after the game for food and later the presentations. The team would like to thank everyone who supported this event.

The Senior Girls along with the Junior Girls then went on to play in the Tag Rugby 7s festival held at Coleg Sir Gar in Llanelli at the end of March. The girls competed in the under 14s and under 17s events at the festival organised by the WRU.

Both teams gave strong performances in their respective competitions and both were crowned tournament winners. The commitment and determination was faultless and Hannah Richards gave an outstanding individual performance in the under 14s event scoring over 15 tries on the day.

The under 14s and under 17s then went on to compete at the regional round of this event at the end of April. Once again, the performances given by the teams were outstanding and highly commended. The under 17s won this round convincingly and progressed through to the finals. The under 14s were disappointed after a very successful day to narrowly loose to Coedcae in the final.

For the third year in succession the Dyffryn Taf under 17s team had earned their place in the finals held in the Millennium Stadium. They faced a very strong side from Neath College in their first pool match where they were narrowly beaten. They went on to win all their other pool matches, but Neath College were the pool winners and progressed to the finals where they clinched the title of Welsh Champions. The girls were disappointed not to make it to the final but were very pleased and proud of their overall performance.

This tournament was the last event for many of the team who will bid a fond farewell to Dyffryn Taf at the end of this school year. Alice James, team captain, Joely Davies, Tammy Howells and Mandy Jones-Thomas have all been key members of the girls rugby team at Dyffryn Taf since it was established 3 years ago.

Their commitment, enthusiasm and dedication has been outstanding and their contribution in the first few years of girls rugby has been essential to the success the team have experienced. Their fellow team members and Dyffryn Taf staff wish them all the best for the future.

Everyone involved with the Girls Rugby at Dyffryn Taf would like to thank Suzanne Davies from Whitland RFC for the new development of quality women’s rugby provision available at the club. Many of the girls are involved with this and the club set up has enhanced the schools’ teams’ success over the past year.

All the girls would also like to thank Miss Judith Roberts for organising all the fixtures and events this season. Also a huge thank you goes to Mr Geraint Evans who has been working with the teams throughout the season. He has dedicated a lot of his time to train and coach the girls and has had a big impact on their standard of play. Mr Evans leaves Dyffryn Taf in the summer to take another teaching job and we wish him all the best for the future.

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