OURFC Women vs Reading Abbey Match Report, courtesy of Leanne Robinson:
After an intense 2 week preseason training camp, OURFC Women had their first friendly against Abbey Women from Reading on Sunday 4th October, KO 2pm.
Oxford started strong- within 2 minutes winger Helen Potts scored a try with her first touch of the ball, in her first ever match, after a great interchange between the backs.
With different combinations, including lots of new players being tried, game momentum ebbed and flowed over the next 40 minutes. Three breakaway tries from the 6ft 2 Abbey back gave them a comfortable lead. However, quick thinking from Captain Carly Bliss deep in her own half resulted in her running a quick tap penalty 80m to score under the posts.
This new momentum spurred the Oxford forwards on; off the back of well secured line out ball, forwards Abi Willet and Sophie Behan punched holes in the Abbey defense, giving space for inside centre Heli Copley to score on her debut.
With just 3 minutes left on the clock, Oxford were 4 points down with possession in their own half. The ball was whipped out to fly half Catherine Wilcock who, seeing the space in behind, put in a cheeky chip over the Abbey defense. The opposition full-back, clearly out of position, scampered across but outside centre Emily Stone put a foot to it and kicked it on, only to scoop it up and run it straight in under the posts.
The crowd go wild and the conversion bisects the uprights perfectly. Last play and Oxford catch the kick off, run a few phases and hoof it into touch. The match is won, Reading women are beaten, and the road to Varsity begins to gain momentum.
Woman of the Match: Carly Bliss
Final score: 24-21 to OURFC Women.