Thornbury Ladies make history

July 28 2017
Thornbury Ladies make history

The first ever match for ‘The Thornbees’, Thornbury’s senior women’s rugby team, showed great promise for the future despite defeat at Aretians.

By Dave Fox


The first ever match for ‘The Thornbees’, Thornbury’s senior women’s rugby team, showed great promise for the future despite defeat at Aretians.

They may have lost 19-5, but Thornbury Ladies showed there is huge potential in the side with a committed performance.

The side, known as the Thornbees, gave as good as they got and responded to an early converted Aretians try with great determination. 

After several minutes pressurising Aretians, Sadie Giles broke through several tackles to score a fine individual try and became the first points scorer for the fledgling side.

Aretians responded well and a well-timed tackle from skipper Gemma Tyrrell prevented a certain try. But the home side were not to be denied and crossed for a second try after persistent pressure. Aretians led 12-5 at half time.

A further converted try put Aretians 19-5 ahead but although the Thornbees had a significant deficit to address they never gave up and were the stronger side in the final quarter. Good defence kept them out as they drove for the line in the last few minutes.

The coaching team of Quent Jackson, Gary Kingston and Ian Maunder plus the forwards guru Jonny Wilson, guided a team with only two players with previous experience of the game.

The outstanding Bobbie Jackson looked very much at home on the pitch and follows two generations of Jacksons before her at Thornbury.

Scorer: try - Sadie Giles

Team: Rachael Underwood; Gail Daniel, Jade Bingham, Lou Oakey, Sharon Kingsland-Wain; Gemma Tyrrell (c), Bobbie Jackson; Catherine Preston, Elaine Romaeo, Kim Fox, Jo Johnson, Laura Panting, Dani Telka, Sadie Giles, Lindsay Broughton.

Replacements: Tina Pincott, Claire Kingston, Cath Fishlock

Also in attendance: Beth Kane, Zoe Boxall and Lauryn Clayton


The Thornbees - the start of something special?


The side was brought together by Gemma Tyrrell and consists mainly of mums of players in Thornbury Juniors, plus partners and family of other Thornbury members.  They are coached by Quentin Jackson assisted by Ian Maunder and Gary Kingston, with expert forward coaching from Jonny Wilson. 

 There is huge potential for a strong ladies side at Thornbury, but it is early days.  They play their first home fixture on August 12th and the Thornbees will be building a list of friendly fixtures against ladies teams of a similar standard. 

 The club would be delighted to hear from any women who fancy giving rugby a go.  Anyone interested should call Gemma Tyrrell on 07572 646136 or Quent Jackson on 07814 032213. 

Thornbury’s senior men have three pre-season games – home to Reading Abbey on August 12th, then away to Chichester the following Saturday and Old Patesians on August 24th.  Their first league game is at Bideford in Devon on September 2nd.