RUGBY UNION: Another milestone was reached and conquered by West Norfolk Ladies last weekend as they went on tour and attended the Newquay rugby 7s tournament.
After lengthy planning, high spirits were on display on the journey to Cornwall and huge excitement was apparent for the chance to play at a 7s tournament for the first time.
It was not until the tournament was finished that it transpired that there had not been enough women’s teams for an elite tournament to run alongside the social tournament, meaning that the ladies were up against some stiff opposition, which included players from the professional and national game.
West Warriors stamped their mark on the tournament with an initial win.
Teams in costume as wrestlers or in dresses continued to come up against a pumped and energetic squad in a kit and accessories paying tribute to the farming nature of the lands surrounding the King’s Lynn’s club’s home ground, sponsored by B W Langley Potatoes.
A draw was followed by two losses, qualifying West to play in the plate semi-finals, where the Warriors were overcome by an elite team.
All aspects of the tournament were attended enthusiastically with extra support from club president Bob Cranna and secretary Sue Lunnon and her husband, who came all the way from Norfolk to watch the ladies and enjoy the barbecue once play had finished.
Teams were supported with animation and only by luck and surreptitious guarding did West make it home without their tour kit being acquired by any of the other players.
Huge amounts of fun were had and the bonds between the ladies of the West Norfolk rugby family were made even stronger, with the girls who were unable to make the journey eagerly following every update from the West Country.
Training continues throughout the summer in preparation for West Warriors first game of the league season in September.
New players are welcome to join the squad.
Training is on Wednesdays from 7pm for women and girls aged 12-plus at the club in Gatehouse Lane, North Wootton, King’s Lynn.