Player Stories – Introducing…

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At the beginning of the season we introduced some of our players and committee members in the run up to our Open Day and Taster Session.

SMIFFY – CLUB CHAIR

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“Hello, let me introduce myself, I am Karen, well to be honest in rugby circles very few people ever call me Karen, I’m just Smiffy.

I have played rugby for about 15yrs and it was the best decision I ever made. Last year I became Chair of Blackheath Womens Rugby Club and it’s been an education, demanding but such a rewarding role to take on.

I’m so excited for the season, we are running two teams, the 1st XV playing in Championship South 1 something we have been working towards for sometime and our 2nd XV being in the entry league National Championship South East East with sights firmly set on promotion.

If you want to be more active, try a new sport, make new friends, just get out of the house and try something different, please come down and meet the squad. We are friendly, fun (whilst being competitive) and inclusive bunch. Once you have tried rugby you will gain a family you never realised you need but will never want to be without. Rugby family, the biggest and best family 🙂

I look forward to meeting you.”

 

IZZY – PLAYER

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Izzy joined us at training last season when they were just seventeen years old, having to wait a few months before starting full contact. Their rugby has progressed so much in a season due to a great attitude and hard work. We can’t wait to see them play this year. Here are some words from Izzy:

“I joined Blackheath at the beginning of last season and apart from finding an amazing place to play rugby, I have found a rather large extended family! I had never played any rugby before coming to Blackheath so was rather nervous but everyone was so welcoming, taking time to stop and explain what we were doing to me when I didn’t understand (which was rather a lot to begin with!)

At first I was only 17 so had to wait a bit before I could start tackling, but once I had learned the basics the rest followed. When I started playing matches, the skill level to which all the squad play to is astounding and the sportsmanship which every single person has is great!

Training sessions, although hard, are very rewarding and you learn a lot, staying in the bar after training to catch up with everyone and the atmosphere is so friendly.

If you have never played rugby before or know what you’re doing on the pitch, I would highly recommend playing for Blackheath, as the standard to which they play is very high and they make everyone feel very welcome.”

BEX – 1st XV TEAM CAPTAIN

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Bex joined us last season after attending an Open Day. This year she has taken on captaincy of the 1st XV Team.

“I’m the first team captain for this season, and am very much looking forward to progressing in Championship South 1 with the rest of the team.

Although I’ve been playing rugby for 10years, I’ve only been a part of Blackheath for just one season. Stepping up into a captaincy role is a huge testament to the club’s positive ethos. I arrived last summer at the Taster Day and immediately felt welcomed. The coaching here is brilliant, and the friendships that I have made truly reflect the nature of Blackheath Women.

I’m very excited to continue the season and would hugely recommend for any local girls to come and down and give the club a chance; regardless of your ability and knowledge of the game. As a club we are looking develop both our first and second teams to put out the best show of rugby that we can!”

LYNDSAY – PLAYER

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Lyndsay joined us last having played rugby before at another club. Here are her experiences:

“My name’s Lyndsay and I am a PE Teacher! I have played Rugby for 3 years. I spent my first 2 seasons at Romford and Gidea Park and really enjoyed the thrill of an entirely different sport! But, decided I wanted to step it up a little and join a Club with an established coaching set-up and a desire to play at a higher level!

I turned up to my first training session just before Christmas and Connor was running a fitness test before the session, oh how I wish I’d turned up to a different week! But actually I was blown away by the friendliness of the team and everyone’s desire to work hard and improve!

In my first Season I was coached to play in a different position and thoroughly enjoyed joining such a great and talented bunch of girls. Marc, Connor, Hatch and Trevs’ coaching is second to none and having won our league in my first season at the club, I am confident that the rest of the season will be tough, but fantastic to challenge ourselves!”

RUTTER – 2ND TEAM CAPTAIN

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The Rutter family were born wearing black and red colours and you are bound to come across one or other of them in the clubhouse somewhere.

“Hi, I’m Emily or rather Rutter and I’m the second team captain for the 2017/18 season. I’ve been playing for the Blackheath Women’s team for 6 years now and I’m privileged to be the 2s captain after so many years at the club. I cannot wait to continue the season and the challenges and fun it will bring. My aim for the twos this season is to win the league and gain promotion. We have an great set up of coaches and staff helping us achieve the best we can. Having a championship 1 team also means we push ourselves in training and have one very large rugby family. I cannot miss off the social aspect that rugby brings and I’m looking forward to many “bonding” sessions! Bring on the rugby!

Love Rutter”

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