Ealing Jades played their second league game of the 2009-10 season against Hammersmith & Fulham at Hurlingham Park on Sunday 20th September.
Hammersmith & Fulham began the first half with a great deal of possession but were kept at bay by the Ealing Jades strong, flat defensive line. Under such immense pressure Hammersmith & Fulham soon began to fumble the ball and the Ealing Jades took advantage, playing some great go forward rugby as taught by their new coaches Stefan Glancy and John Richardson.
The first try by Ealing Jades came from a strong Ealing Jades scrum; the ball was shipped out to the backs, followed by some sturdy rucks which led to clean ball that was passed out to Yvette Burton who stormed through the Hammersmith & Fulham defence.
Hammersmith & Fulham refused to give up and did come back fighting with their full back running three quarters of the pitch to score their first try. But, Ealing Jades proved defiant and their scrums continued to provide their backs with more securely won ball which gave their scrum half, Kei (“Pikei”) Kinoshita the chance to weave through the Hammersmith and Fulham players to score Ealing second try.
The second half saw Hammersmith and Fulham come back fighting, determined not to be beaten on their home turf. But, some fantastically rucked ball and Ealing Jades continuously strong scrums saw the third Ealing Jades try set up with the ball passed to fly half Alexia Skipper and popped inside to inside centre Tasha Holmes. Tasha stormed over the line and Yvette Burton converted the try.
Hammersmith and Fulham did secure a try in the final ten minutes of play but the final whistle saw the final score stand at 14-17. Ealing Jades were triumphant!!
Man of the match went to Yvette Burton (F) and Kei (“Pikei”) Kinoshita (B)
The Ealing Jades bid a fond farewell to Claire Thompson and Fran Santoni who are leaving for a new job in Manchester and Durham University. We will miss you girls so please keep in touch!