Thornbees win - with a player getting a ring
Thornbees 69-0 Hardwicke and Quedgeley Harlequins
The Thornbees enjoyed another comfortable win in their last game of the season. The free-scoring Bobbie Jackson scored four more tries, but it was another team member who had a day she’ll never forget.
The fixture had been hastily arranged to help the Harlequins Ladies rack up sufficient fixtures to ensure admission to the Women’s RFU Leagues for next season.
The Thornbees were a bit short on players but Clevedon Ladies answered a call for help and sent six of their players for the match.
The Thornbees went ahead in the second minute when Charlotte Williams raced over as the Bees attacked from a scrum on the Harlequins’ 22. She converted her try but narrowly missed adding the extras to a try from Gemma Tyrrell, who had supported an attack at pace.
A few minutes later Gemma scored again and after ten minutes the Thornbees were 17-0 ahead.
The Ladies were playing at pace and the outstanding skipper Sadie Giles was the next to score, closely followed by one from Laura Panting. The conversion put the Bees 29-0 up.
The sixth try came close to half time when after Sadie Giles and Laura Panting had made good ground, Bobbie Jackson came in on a great line to score close to the posts. Charlotte added the extras, but the Thornbees still had time to score again before half time and the Jackson-Williams duo scored a try and conversion to make the score 43-0 at the break.
Sadie Giles ran in for another try within the first minute of the second half. Charlotte’s conversion brought up the half century.
Bobbie Jackson took a quick penalty to complete her hat-trick then a few minutes later Sadie took another quick penalty and Bobbie shrugged off a high tackle to run in for another. The conversion made it 62-0.
With the hour-mark approaching Bobbie Jackson raced clear from halfway. She was pursued all the way by the Thornbees replacement prop Cath Fishlock. Then as Bobbie ran around to ground the ball between the posts she spotted Cath bearing down on her, presented her with the ball and Cath scored the try.
Her reward was a proposal of marriage from head coach Ian Maunder, who did the decent thing by waiting until after the match to get down on one knee.
The players were aware that if Cath scored a try Ian would do the deed and made sure it would happen.
Charlotte Williams’ conversion went largely unnoticed amongst the celebrations of the players but Thorns had cranked the score up to 69-0.
Thornbees can look back on 2017-18 with some satisfaction. Thirteen matches, nine wins, 61 tries and an engagement.
Thornbees scorers: tries – Bobbie Jackson (4), Sadie Giles (2), Gemma Tyrrell (2), Laura Panting, Charlotte Williams and Cath Fishlock; conversions – Charlotte Williams (7)