On Friday 27th March, 7 Orkney Girls, 2 Golspie Girls, and 12 Caithness girls joined up to battle as a team for the Brewin Dolphin Shield.
They travelled down to Edinburgh to play at Murrayfield Stadium to play in the Shield Final against Oban High School.
Oban failed to present a full team, and so the game was played 11 a side with both teams sounding well up for the game. The North side got off to a great start, scoring a try within the first 2 minutes. This boosted the confidence of the North side and some fantastic Rugby was on display, with many girls breaking through the Oban defence to score. Several of these tries being passed out wide and had many people on the sideline complimenting the skill level of the squad.
Daria Byers broke through the Oban line to score under the posts. This was converted by Katie Mackay from Caithness. Following a pass from Sarah Gunn, Hannah Stead ran hard on to the ball, with Oban girls having no chance of stopping her. This made the score 50-5 at half time. It was clear the North side were the better team here.
Following another try the North team were now 50 points ahead meaning the final score would stop at 55-5 but the game carried on. Jennifer Peace was clearing out many rucks allowing the North side to keep possession. Keira Johnston ran hard and distributed the ball very well throughout the match.
The North girls had fresh legs on the pitch the whole time, rolling subs and this clearly put a lot of pressure on the Oban defence who were tiring quickly. Kelsey Harvey, Aimee Kent and Beth Thomson all made several bone-crunching tackles that forced many turnovers.
With the final whistle blowing, the Orkney, Caithness and Golspie Girls celebrated this great win. Emotions were running high and we received our well earned silverware. This was an amazing moment for all.
Report by Kelsey Harvey and Hannah Stead.
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