The Year 8 Girls National Finalists from last year started their Year 9 rugby journey yesterday when they played in the Yorkshire Qualifying tournament, where 6 schools took part. The girls looked outstanding in all areas, particularly defence as they went on to win all 6 games, which means they go through to the Yorkshire stages in March as the top seeded school from Hull.
Sirius Academy West 2 Malet Lambert 1
In what would be their toughest game in the competition was first up. The Sirius girls started a little shaky as the big, strong Malet team scored an early try. This shocked the Sirius side but they responded well, showing great character and determination. Big runners Elise Hill and Ruby Ellis were getting the Sirius side into good field position and when Enola Aitcheson spotted a gap in the defence she showed her speed and agility to go over and level the scores. It looked like the game may end in draw, but Sirius had other ideas as a smart grubber kick into the corner from Ruby Ellis on the last tackle saw Megan Britton dive on the ball to win the game 2 – 1.
Sirius Academy West 4 St Marys 2
Sirius Academy was always in control of this one and scored three early tries from Enola Aitcheson, Ruby Ellis and captain Jasmine Fielder. St Marys got one back when they crashed over from close range. Sirius extended the lead when Amber Leake showed pace and vision to round the St Marys defence and go in at the corner, utilising the space well. St Marys got a consolation try on the last play of the game when they crashed over again from close range.
Sirius Academy West 4 Wolfreton 0
New players Isobelle Brown and Smilte Grigaleviciute started to get more confidence and both took the ball in well in the early stages of this game. Wolfreton had no answer to the Sirius attack as they ran in four tries unanswered. Jasmine Fielder was running the game from acting half back and her smart choices and support play saw her go over for a well deserved hat-trick. The impressive Zeina Hassoum also got on the scoresheet.
Sirius Academy West 3 Archbishop Sentamu 0
The defence of the Sirius side was looking aggressive and organised, and it needed to be against a strong Archbishop side. Elise Hill, Ruby Ellis and Isobelle Brown was leading the way in attack and defence with some strong hits and runs. But once again it was captain Jasmine Fielder who impressed with her decision making and going over for another hat-trick with some fine solo tries.
Sirius Academy 5 Sirius Academy North 0
Once again the defence was outstanding from the West side in their Sirius derby. Sirius North threw everything at them, but the defence stood strong, and when called upon out wide Ruby Bennett and Holly Paige made some superb one on one tackles. Tries in this game came from the powerful Ruby Ellis, another hat-trick for Jasmine Fielder and a fine solo try from Enola Aitcheson.
Sirius Academy 2 Winifred Holtby 0
In another tough encounter, Sirius could not be broken down in defence, which meant for 4 consecutive games they did not concede one try, which proves their teamwork and endeavour to help each other is definitely there, particularly their on-line defence which improved massively throughout the competition. Tries came from Jasmine Fielder and a well deserved late try on her debut for Isobelle Brown.
Please congratulate the squad on their outstanding performance, attitude and commitment, these girls are a real credit to the Academy and if they continue to work as hard as they have been doing then hopefully it will be another National Final this year for them:-
Jasmine Fielder, Enola Aitcheson, Zeina Hassoum, Holly Paige, Amber Leake, Megan Britton, Elise Hill, Ruby Ellis (Year8), Ruby Bennett (Year 8) ,Isobelle Brown and Smilte Grigaleviciute
Special thanks to Miss Mead for her support with the team.