English Martyrs entered a Girls rugby union competition at Market Harborough RFU. With only three training sessions before the tournament, all of our girls played exceptionally well and managed to break down their opponent’s defence to score tries in every game. Although we didn’t win any of our fixtures, our team were recognised by other members of staff and RFU organisers as an “extremely promising team”.
One girl who stood out from the training sessions held at English Martyrs beforehand and the competition itself was Deborah Kargbo. Deborah had not played contact rugby before but she committed herself in every training session and developed her tackling and knowledge of the game to be ready for the tournament: She was elected by her teammates as the Captain. Throughout the first half, Deborah showed her strength, knowledge and determination to defend our own try-line and to score our first team try. Deborah showcased her full potential as a player and she was identified immediately by RFU organisers and coaches as an extremely strong rugby player and someone they wish to include on their ‘elite pathway’.
Overall, the English Martyrs girls’ rugby team showed great determination and resilience to push themselves a little further in every game. Although we did not win our games, our success came from our journey from three training sessions, competing at a higher level and of course Deborah’s scouted opportunity.