Gemma Hurst celebrating try - Ormskirk Ladies XV
ORMSKIRK LADIES lost by the narrowest of margins when this first league game at Kendal was abandoned due to an injury to one of the home players.
The opening game of Ormskirk's 20th Anniversary season ended in dramatic style as the game was abandoned with 10 minutes remaining due to a leg injury to one of Kendal's players.
Thankfully the player was not seriously injured as originally feared, and should return to action soon.
Captain Keisha Hendricks was full of praise for the team's determination and spirit, she said: “Obviously this wasn't the result we wanted and the girls are gutted not to get off to a winning start.
“We weren't as well-organised defensively and we did lose our way a bit at times but there were lots of good things out there, too.”
Once again Ormskirk were slow to find any rhythm, a factor that coach John Foster is keen to address.
John said: “We can't afford to start games slowly. I take responsibility for preparing the team so if we are not physically and mentally switched on then that's down to me.
“I underestimated just how motivated the Kendal team would be for this, their opening League fixture.
Full credit to them for their win, fully deserved.
“We should have been better prepared and we will be in future.”
The team gave full debuts to hooker Cassi Pickavance and winger Louise Jackson, both of whom impressed with their work rate.
Tries came from versatile flanker Katie Gilbert and two from Irish full back Vicky Irwin. Jenny Leitch kicked two conversions.
Team Manager Lou Prescott is already looking forward to the next Sunday’s derby against league leaders Leigh RUFC, he commented: “This will be a massive game and we’ll be assessing the squad at training on Thursday. Hopefully we’ll be something like full strength and I wouldn’t rule out seeing a couple more players make their home debuts.”
Ormskirk Ladies XV v Leigh Ladies XV kick off at 2.00pm at Green Lane Sunday, September 22.