High Flying Owls!
Harwich and Dovercourt Owls have qualified for the National finals of the RFU 24 Sevens Series after losing in the final of the regional qualifier at Worcester Warriors ground, Sixways Stadium on Saturday.
Following their victory in the North Walsham 7s tournament, the Owls qualified for the regional finals in Worcester and attended it more with the hope of gaining experience rather than any expectation of advancement. However the pool stage demonstrated that the Harwich team had more than enough skill to do well.
Despite losing the influential Beth Blacklock in the first game with a dislocated elbow, the Owls showed their adaptability and qualified from the pool stages to play on the Premiership pitch in the final against the Northern Lights. This is a team an invitational team comprising of several premiership and championship players and included a Scottish International.
Northern Lights struggled to break down the Owls’ defence initially but eventually scored the first two tries. Harwich did not let this affect them and they kept attacking resulting in a good handling move that saw speedster Georgie Lingham sprint away from the defence to score. Harwich again pressured the favourites’ defence and as half time approached Mimi Montgomery crashed over the try line only for the force of the tackles to dislodge the ball before she could touch it down.
Northern Lights, shaken by the Owls’ skill and determination upped their game in the second half and scored three unanswered tries to win the tournament but knew they had been in a fierce competition.
The icing on the cake was that Mimi Montgomery received the Player of the Tournament Award.
As beaten finalists the Owls have now the prospect of competing in the National finals at Bath Rec. on 29th. July. Not a bad achievement for a little seaside town team!
The Owls are now training on Tuesday and Thurday evenings, any ladies looking to start up Ladies Rugby please get in touch.