Friday, April 17, 2009

England rocks!



Well if she never gets another game of rugby in (which obviously isn't likely) nobody can take away from her the fact that she's run onto a pitch sporting the white shirt and red rose of England - and it was the first pitch at the Exeter Chiefs ground which, while it's not Twickenham, is still an honour as rugby clubs are notorious for relegating their female teams to practice pitches in case they mess up the grass for the big boys!


Mind you as the shirts are the same type of fabric and construction as the current vogue for men's stretch fitted shirts I can't say they're particularly flattering - here she is on the left with two of her Taunton team-mates who look even less comfortable in their shirts



I'll gloss over the fact that the England Colleges squad were stuffed by the RFUW National Talent Development Group squad 52 points to Nil



Although I will just drop in the nugget of information that the RFUW wanted to draft her in to play for the opposition but her coaching mentor suggested that, as her parents (you know The Bank of Anne and Nigel) had paid £300 for her playing fees for England Colleges, she should be given the chance to wear that white shirt with pride



Sarah, being Sarah, played the entire 80 minutes at 110% effort - the first quarter in her natural position of flanker and the latter 60 minutes at INSIDE CENTRE! (a position she has never played in her life but actually looked pretty handy at) to cover for injury and the coaching staff's poor bench selection.



Fortunately the match was recorded for the RFUW so her efforts will be seen and probably analysed at length and hopefully stand her in good stead for the future plus her mentor will be able to point out just how much of the match she played out of position. I may sound like a biased mother here but she certainly looked a class above virtually all of her team mates.



However she is now nursing a very sore knee so it's lots of R & R to ready herself for our club Tour weekend on 25th/26th April when, among other things, we'll take in a premiership match at Sixways between Worcester Warriors and London Irish (will be thinking of you Mrs M) and then of course the next two England Colleges matches against the seriously stiff opposition of Welsh Colleges away on 1st May and at home a week later on 8th of May



Mum on the other hand has managed to fit in a little stitching - here's a hint - more to come.............

7 comments:

Nancy said...

While that may be a tough loss to swallow, I hope Sarah is pleased with her own play and her future potential. And she looked great in her fitted uniform! Enjoy mom and be proud.

Nancy said...

Our kids' joys and sorrows are our own, only magnified. She does look proud and happy in her shirt.

loulee said...

It's the taking part that counts!! Wel done girls, better luck for the future.

Clare said...

Wooo hoo - huge congrats Sarah, despite the (cough) loss.

What is about about those new shirts? I suppose it's so the oppositon can't hang on to it. I wonder if the "old fashioned" rugby shirts are going to become collector's items?

Seriously, she's got the makings of an international. I can't wait to read about her next exploits.

Chookyblue...... said...

one proud Mum here.........Sarah is doing so well.......

Sew Create It - Jane said...

Well done to Sarah...she really does give 110% to the game of Rugby...good to see that she's playing so well.

And look at you stitching again! That's a good sign. Look forward to seeing more of what you are working on.

alice c said...

Congratulations to Sarah - that white shirt suits her and I hope that she has many more opportunities to model it for the camera.

I hope that you will be cheering for the boys in green at Sixways - MrM will be there so you may spot him!