On Friday 27th March 7 U15 Orkney Girls joined with Caithness and Golspie to compete in the Brewin Dolphin Shield Final.
After team talks in the changing rooms to calm the anticipation and realisation of playing at such a big venue, the girls got straight into the game against Hillhead Jordanhill. The first 10 minutes of the game was played evenly with both sides tackling and running hard. The score reached 10-5 to Hillhead Jordanhill in this period of play.
At this point the North squad’s line speed and determination dropped allowing Hillhead Jordanhill run in several tries before the end of the first half. Half time score was 45-5 to Hillhead.
Unfortunately by this time some of the spirits were quite low but Captain Erina Brown was able to lift the heads of the team and this spurred the team on for the remainder of the game. Effective tackles were being made noticeably by all the Orkney girls.
By a series of good hands between both Orkney and Caithness girls the ball was passed by Erina brown to Ara Schofield who ran hard at the opposing defence to score a try. This led to the team’s spirits being raised further, which encouraged the North squad to increase pressure upon the opposing team, making them causes several bad passed and knock ons. This created opportunities for hooker Kristi Pilkington Tait to win the scrums. Yet again another series of good hands saw Erina Brown score a try under the posts. From this point on both defences looked solid with both teams unable to score for the last 10 minutes.
At the end of the game, even though we didn’t receive the Shield trophy the girls were happy on their performances and proud to play at such a great event and receive runners up medals.
Report by Kristi PT and Erina Brown.
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