The Lionesses

Senior Ladies Rugby

Westcliff Ladies Team

League: Women's NC South East 3

Normal Training Hours

Mondays & Thursdays 19:00 hrs to 20:30 hrs

WRFC Ladies Social Links

tHE WILDCATS ARE BACK!

Girls Youth Rugby

 Team Manager: Mark Shelton

Head Coach: Rosie Castle

Normal Training Hours

Tuesdays 19:30 hrs to 20:30 hrs

Wildcats Membership Form

T: 07453 311833
E: Rosiecastle96@hotmail.com

DateVenue
OpponentCompetitionResultMatch Report
18th AugAwayRomford RFCFriendly20-27
9th SeptAwayReading Abbey RFCFriendly32-42
16th SeptHomePulborough RFCLeague5-43Available
23rd SeptAwayThurrock T-BirdsFriendly50-0
30th SeptHomeStreatham-Croydon Ladies Training MatchN/aN/a
7th OctAwayDartfordians RFCLeague0-36Available
18th NovAwayHigh Wycombe RFCFriendly55-5
25th NovAwayOld Caterhamians RFCLeague24-29
2nd DecHomeDartfordians RFCLeague61-10Available
9th DecHomeBurgess Hill RFCLeague15-12
13th JanAwayPulborough RFCLeague
27th JanHomeOld Caterhamians RFCLeague
10th FebAwayHackney RFCFriendly
24th FebAwayBurgess Hill RFCLeague
24th MarHomeReading Abbey RFCFriendly

The Lioness Story

It was the summer of 2017 when a women’s touch rugby team was established.  Little did the coaches and managers know how quickly it would grow, develop and what was in store for them in the upcoming year. The summer saw many ladies of all ages, sizes, abilities and experience enjoy the game of touch rugby. They were all having fun, learning a new skill and gaining knowledge of the game…but something was missing. 

Quickly the touch team started to develop into full contact with new skills being learnt weekly and existing ones being refined.   With each coming week the ladies were growing in confidence and loving the muddiness that came as winter took hold.  As the number of ladies grew so did the coaching team and two new coaches joined this newly established team. January 2018 saw the ladies host their first inner warrior event which had a fantastic turn out with numbers. Lots of new faces arrived not knowing what to expect but they all took it in their stride and enjoyed the variety of skills and fitness activities that took place. 

The success of the inner warrior event saw a rise in the team’s numbers as many people caught the rugby bug!  Throughout the harsh  winter and spring the ladies would continue to train come rain, shine or even snow! In February we were welcomed by the lovely ladies of Bishop Stortford RFC to have a development game. It was a fantastic opportunity for the ladies to learn some new skills from a well established team.

As skills were developing across the coming weeks the ladies were entered into their first development tournament hosted by the T-birds in Thurrock on April 22nd.  This was the first real competitive rugby game the ladies experienced and saw them score their very first try. As well as putting their rugby skills into practise the ladies got to take part in their very first “boat race” with some impressive skills displayed. The tournament was a huge success with four of the ladies being invited to train with Essex. The following day the ladies hosted another successful inner warrior event with several ladies grasping the opportunity to learn a new skill and meet new people.

At the beginning of May some of the ladies joined the Romford Ravens for a charity match and to celebrate the success of one of their players who was about to hang up her boots after one last match. The ladies integrated well with the players on and off the pitch and even participated in the post match people pyramid!

A little over a week later the ladies were lucky enough to be joined by some of the Old Cats for a match for the family fun and medals day. Post match the team even worked on their bull riding and had another opportunity to refine those “boat race” skills again! 

June saw the ladies attend the rugby 7s at Twickenham where they met lots of international players and got to see a whole different side of rugby with the fast paced action game that comes with 7s.  The girls took the opportunity to have  a selfie or two with players and even managed to make it on to England’s RFC twitter and Instagram feed! As well as this a few days later their photo appearing in Touchline; the official newspaper of England rugby. 

At the end of the month the coaches held a summer social and awards ceremony. A lot of fun was had by all and saw the ladies awarded the accolades of Little Miss Drama Queen to Little Miss Strong! In addition to the aforementioned titles awards were given to the most improved players. The team enjoyed lots of fun and drink and even managed to do some passing practice. 

In June one of the coaches saw that Dame Kelly Holmes had a #joininjune on her Instagram page. The ladies made it their mission to do their best to get Dame Kelly Holmes, Olympic athlete to try her hand at rugby. The ladies sent a video to the athlete and managed to capture her interest.  Due to Kelly’s busy schedule she was unable to join us until the beginning of July. However Kelly integrated well with the team and immersed herself into the fantastic game of rugby. She enjoyed some fitness, fun games and rugby skills before being propelled into a game of touch rugby… she was relieved it wasn’t full contact! Amazingly she showed what a true athlete she still is and ensured that she gave 100% in all parts. Post training session the girls were lucky enough to have a chat and a selfie or two with the lady herself.

Over the course of the year it was evident that the ladies team were growing and developing at a staggering rate and it was clear that they needed to make provisions to ensure that this growth was not only supported, but continued. That is why the ladies took the opportunity to find a club that would welcome them and aid their further development as a team. The ladies are looking forward to entering the league for the first time this coming September and being part of the future of Westcliff Rugby Club.

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