OWT Women’s Open Claim Silverware – Elite NTS 2024

As we entered the competitive touch season, all eyes in Old Wesley Touch turned to the England Touch Elite NTS for another year. Looking to pick up where last year left off, the Old Wesley Touch Women’s Open team sought to leave their mark on Division 2 and join the hunt for silverware.

The format for the Women’s competition this year consisted of three pool games on Day 1 followed by the final pool games and potentially a final on Day 2; full details below.

Round 1

Fullerians RFC – 13/4/24

Back Row: Michael Kearney (Coach), Chloe Mann, Charlotte Hall, Caitlin Gill, Faye St Leger, Annabel Redmond, Emily Pollard, Carla Mayon

Front Row: Kate Ballance, Kelsi Johnston, Aisling Gill, Rachel Duggan, Niamh Summerbell, Elise Wilson, Rebecca Phelan

Facing down three pool games, Old Wesley looked to showcase the hard work over the past few months;

  • First up for Old Wesley was Nottingham Trent, a young University side – with some excellent touch being played, Old Wesley managed to hold on and claim a 5-4 victory
  • Next up was Bristol Jets; with Old Wesley looking to build on their first win but facing a tough proposition, Jets held on to run out 7-4 winners
  • The final game for the day was against a makeshift London Vipers team (due to a last minute pullout) where Old Wesley showed their learnings from the previous defeat and stormed to a confident 10-2 victory

Round 2

Old Leamingtons RFC – 18/5/24

Back Row: Caitlin Gill, Aisling Gill, Kelsi Johnston, Faye St Leger, Lianna Prizeman, Emily Pollard, Charlotte Hall, Airmid Devitt

Front Row: Lois Gueret, Carla Mayon, Rebecca Phelan, Kate Ballance, Annabel Redmond, Isabelle Tierney

Looking to kick on from the previous rounds results, Old Wesley faced two pool games, with potentially a final on the cards;

  • First up was a rematch against London Vipers, a full side this time proving to be a trickier match – the time spent between rounds had paid off and Old Wesley once again started strong winning 4-1
  • The final pool game came against Oxford Touch, with Old Wesley continuing their fine form claiming the win in fine fashion 8-3

The results today and from the previous round meant that Old Wesley would find themselves in the final of Div 2

  • All that stood between Old Wesley and their first silverware at this level was a rematch against Bristol Jets; despite a lot of back and forth and some impressive tries by both teams, Old Wesley managed to dig deep and clutch out a 10-9 victory, gaining revenge for the previous round – a massive achievement for the team showcasing how far they’ve come in such a short time and ready to take on those in Div 1 next year, a proud moment for all involved!

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