Quins Ladies raise their game but Blackheath have the final say
25 January 2005 08:49am
Sunday (23rd January) saw another league defeat for the Harlequin Ladies and despite their improved performance on the pitch, they lost out at Blackheath by 49-10, writes Jo Everett.
Quins made a strong start from Blackheath's kick-off, tackling well and quickly turning over possession. Within minutes Tanya Lee, at outside-centre, made a break and sprinted from well within Quins twenty-two towards the try-line. The scattered Blackheath defence gave chase, but Lee's pace gave Quins the opening score.
Blackheath soon retaliated, using inside runners to draw in the Quins defence, before their quick hands took the ball out wide for their first try of the afternoon. Despite their strong start, Quins seemed to lose their focus and Blackheath were to run in four more tries before the half-time whistle.
The second half opened with Blackheath conceding several penalties, but Quins were unable to hold-on to possession for long enough to put the home side under any pressure. Furthermore, Blackheath kicked very well for territory and added four more tries to their tally.
The final quarter saw Quins regain their focus and begin to challenge the Blackheath defence. The visitors patiently worked their way down the pitch and when the hosts gave away a further penalty in their own twenty-two, it was second row Jean Bergesen who used the quick ball to run through and score Quins second try.
Although the game was to finish with Quins once again in a defensive position, there were many positives for them to take from this game. With several weeks until their next league fixture, there will be plenty for Quins to work on in preparation for their trip to Folkestone on 20th February.
Rugby Coaching Day
The Harlequin Ladies will be holding their second Rugby Coaching Day for junior school girls this Saturday (29th January) from 11.00am to 12.30pm. The training will take place at Kingston Rugby League Club, Oaken Lane, Claygate, Surrey and is free of charge.
All girls in Years 4, 5 and 6 are welcome to attend the session whether they are complete beginners or experienced players. The session will be led by members of the Ladies team and will focus on a range of skills including ball handling, lines of running and defending.
During week commencing 22nd April Harlequins will launch an innovative, new Membership Scheme which will replace the existing Season Ticket Holder Programme. Further details of the scheme will be announced in due course.