Ysgol Dyffryn Aman won the Rosslyn Park HSBC Girls National Sevens for the second year running when they beat Christ’s Hospital 29-7.
Under the captaincy of outstanding centre Carly Jones, they topped a very strong field of 24 which included Epsom College, Haileybury and Pangbourne plus half a dozen Welsh schools.
Last year the Ammanford girls beat local rivals Bro Dinefwr 19-10 in a close final but this time were never in danger of defeat in beating the Horsham school in the final by five tries to one.
Despite the absence of one of their key players in the injured Delan Alcock, they won all six games in convincing fashion in racking up 236 points and conceding just 24 points.
Their only real challenge was in the semi final where they came up against Peter Symonds College who had earlier beaten Llandovery College 19-17.
Bu t they came through 26-12, four tries to two, thanks to a moment of magic from 15 year old Lucy Packer whose clever grubber kick to make the vital score for Caitlin Lewis.
Lewis and Packer both got a brace of tries in the final against Christ’s Hospital , Ayesha Fairclough getting the other with Packer adding a couple of conversions
Ten of the squad had the experience of last year’s competition and they put it to good use, crisp and composed on attack, firm and well organised in a defence that only conceded four tries in six games.
Coach and WRU hob officer Gareth Potter who works closely with the school’s PE department was delighted with the girls’ performance.
“To win Rosslyn Park once was great but to defend the title – and in such style- against a strong field speaks volumes for their commitment to keep on improving and the whole Ammanford area should very proud of them” said Potter
“We can see that the introduction of rugby into the girls sporting curriculum has paid big dividends and confirms the talent we have in the locality.”
And with 10 of the squad available next year, Dyffryn Aman will be fancied to win the Blue Riband girls tournament for a record breaking third consecutive time.
Squad: Carly Jones, Meg Williams, Jess Jones, Lucy Parker, Caitlin Lewis, Lowri Williams, Ayesha Fairclough, Alanah Walters, Emma Landek, Katie Plimmer, Eloise Battledore, Celyn Lazenby
Results: Beat Bro Myrddin 35-5, Dewi Sant 33-0, St John’s Leatherhead 57-0, Herts & Essex HS 56-0, Peter Symonds College 26-12, Christ’s Hospital, 29-7