Our first game of the year was as always the annual Alumni Games against recent and old graduates of our beloved KCLWRFC family. The sun popped out exactly for the 2 hours where we played on the pitch at HOP, making this a hot affair.
The first 15 minutes, the current squad showed great defense and managed to keep the alumni in their own half (no small feat!!) before letting in a few tries in the second quarter (courtesy of ex-8 Daisy and old captain Anna M). Freshers Rosie, Tash and Afaf showed AMAZING defensive skills, really using our session from Wednesday to put in some sick tackles. Ball handling and passing also improved as the game went on - special shout-out to fresher and first-time centre Ree! - and fewer and fewer mistakes were made, resulting in an impressively low number of penalties and dropped balls.
As we ventured into second half, we switched teams 50/50, so alumni and current girls were able to play with each other (the scoreline is the one left at halftime). Uncontested scrums meant fly-halves and wingers went to front row when needed, making even the ref laugh (speaking of the ref, someone apparently pinched his bum while we played?? Hilarious). The whole game culminated in fresher Tash scoring her very first try for KCLWRFC, placing the bad boy underneath the posts after solid forwards play.
As always, a great game with two great squads. We even won team of the year at the award ceremony afterwards and somehow accepted a viking hat on behalf of the whole KCL Alumni side.
Finally, defending her title from last year, Emma H won the Joanne Smith Award for Selflessness, Dedication and Adversity, presented by Emily Smith, Jo's daughter. Jo was always a fantastic support for the team before passing away in 2014 and the award each year goes to the player who best embody her spirit by showing unconditional dedication, loyalty and selflessness.
Joanne Smith Award for Selflessness, Dedication and Adversity: Emma H
Forwards of the match: Tash (x2), Daisy, Rosie, Afaf
Backs of the match: Marie-Lys, Hannah
Dick of the day: Alumni George for running to score a try, only to knock on the ball as she entered the try zone!! Worthy runner-ups were Chiara, who fell on her bike the morning of the game and couldn't play, Liz, who was caught squealing while playing and finally Daisy, who bestowed a nearby bush with her sick.
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