Gala girls’ late burst wins the cup

Rugby girls: Gala stand-off Chloe Rollie makes a break.
Rugby girls: Gala stand-off Chloe Rollie makes a break.

Gala 51

Murrayfield Wanderers/Knox Academy 38

GIRLS’ UNDER-18 SCOTTISH BREWIN DOLPHIN CUP FINAL

PLAYED on Sunday at Murrayfield this match was a repeat of last year’s final in that it was close and a great advert for the girls’ game.

Both teams exchanged tries and conversions for the majority of the proceedings, Gala’s winger Annabel Hughes bagging herself seven alone and, unsurprisingly, the player of the match award.

Going into the last 10 minutes it was 39-38 in favour of Gala, but it was still anybody’s game until the Maroons stretched their lead with two of four tries in succession, the last one being converted by captain Lana Skeldon, to retain the title.

Gala coaches Brian Tait, Ian Whillans and Anne Skeldon were very pleased with the girls’ performance.

Tait said: “Although Wanderers had most of the possession, Gala showed their skills and pace, ability to go wide and their never-say-die attitude saw them through.”

And seven-try Hughes rated this as her best game so far.

She told us: “I was more focused and I really enjoyed myself. It was a great atmosphere and it was really good how the crowd got behind us.”

Gala Rugby Youth Development officer Ian Millar praised the hard work that the coaches and players have put in over the past season and added: “Today’s game was very exciting and all involved are a great credit to their towns and clubs.”

The next games for the girls will be this Sunday at the Gala Sevens, when they play against Morpeth – kick-off at 4pm on the back pitches, then a seven-a-side game between the semis and final on the main pitch.