Ormskirk Ladies achieved a remarkable League and Cup Double with a sensational performance in the Junior Plate Final at Lichfield.
This year is Ormskirk Ladies' 20th Anniversary year, and it is entirely fitting that the occasion has been marked with a League and Cup double, the only time in the club’s history that this has been achieved.
Keisha Hendricks' team have exceeded all expectations this season which has seen them win the League with two games still outstanding and now the National Junior Plate has been added to the club's trophy cabinet. She said: “It has been an amazing season and Saturday's Cup Final was a real highlight.”
Medway Ladies tried gallantly to stem the power and pace of the Ormskirk backline in the early exchanges. Tries from the season's top try-scorer Vicky Irwin, flanker Katie Gilbert, and the first of two scores for the talented Zoe Gabbidon, all coolly converted by fly-half Jenny Leitch, seemed to settle the Ormskirk nerves resulting in some high octane, adventurous rugby.
Blind side flanker Selina Makin was also rewarded with a well taken try and No 8 Meghan Montgomery scored what was for many observers, the try of the season, with the ball being moved through the hands of around six players before Leitchy put Monty through a gap with a sublime pass that saw Monty race to the line.
The half-back pairing of Anna O'Malley and Jenny Leitch dominated proceedings in mid-field and were a constant threat which enabled centre Lou “Robbo” Robinson to smash her way over the gain line. This in turn created space for Becks Harrison to create havoc with her strong and elusive running.
Vicky Irwin completed her hat-trick to establish her as one of the best strike players in the North West and Foster suggested there was still more to come from the Northern Irish full-back, who herself coaches a local University team: “Vicky reads the game tremendously well and is rock solid in defence. She has now developed a much better understanding with Leitchy, Monty, Robbo and Bomber and that, coupled with her strength and determination is resulting in some great tries.”
Phil Cadman sent out a message to Ormskirk Advertiser’s readers: “Please don’t think that because we have won the league and the cup that you need to be an experienced rugby player to come and join us - that simply isn’t true.
“Many of our squad only began playing in the last 12 months, so if you fancy a change from going to the gym, you want to keep fit and make some amazing new friends, then get in touch and come and join our #BandofSisters.”
The team have two remaining league fixtures, both of which are at Green Lane.
Sunday sees the return of Chester Devas who are vying for third place in the league and will be keen to avenge the 47-0 loss from two weeks ago.