Women’s Club President’s Welcome
Hello from Saints WRFC!
With the semester finishing in very different weather to the beginning, it is interesting to reflect on the changes to Saints WRFC at the beginning of the new season. We have welcomed Sarah Hogwood to our coaching team. Sarah has been a part of Scottish Rugby for many years now and currently works at Perthshire Rugby Club as Development Officer and Coach. Alongside Sarah, we have our old faithful, Gary Anderson, entering his 11th year with the Saints. Despite taking on added responsibilities as a fire and rescue reserve, Gary’s winning combination of sagely wisdom and good humour are thankfully still active at the club, keeping us grounded.
We are feeling the loss of our recent graduates with lower numbers than last year; however the atmosphere is a positive one. Currently at the top of our league despite a loss to our longstanding rivals, Glasgow University, we are hoping our next game against them will end differently, resulting both with a league win and a home win against the Badgers (something not seen in 5 years). The Saints achieved a new record score against Aberdeen this semester. This 125-7 victory has put us through the second round of the BUCS Cup and we look forward to travelling south to play Manchester Metropolitan University in February. This high score has been down to our aforementioned coaching team but also our new Strength and Conditioning coach, Claire Tracey. Our improved fitness has seen our playing quality continue the full eighty.
Despite a few lingering injuries, our play has not suffered as we have seen our new players step up to the plate, scoring tries, providing support and fresh enthusiasm. To support the development of our new players we have attended National Development League (NDL) days run by the SRU and have also organised a beginner training session with local club, Howe Harlequins. This friendship has matured over the semester and we have seen many Saints wear diamonds on a Sunday.
At Saints WRFC we are trying to help our members develop personally alongside their player development. We have a variety of things for our members to get involved for example Socials, First Aid qualifications, Leadership Opportunities, our Rugby Fit, Rugby Healthy campaign and many other activities. Our volunteering programme deserves special mention. Working together with our male counterparts, we coach two sessions as week, and are aiming to create a co-ordinated volunteering programme across Fife. To improve the quality of our sessions, we are running a UK Coaching Course (Level 2) in January and are looking to create a database of drills and activities that our volunteers can refer to.
Our first event of the year was, of course, Varsity. Despite the disparity in the score, we thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to showcase Women’s Sport and Women’s Rugby on such a large stage. We made the most of it by playing our own Saints Game, focusing on our own team and aims. The support we had this year was overwhelming. Thank you to those who made the journey and to those who supported from a distance. Clichéd as it sounds; we walked off the pitch last year as winners; proud of our achievements, proud to be a Saint.
Our 2019 Sevens Tournament is on the 20th April. After last year’s successful Alumni Team, we are looking forward to welcoming you all back! You can continue to keep up with all of our activities via our many social media streams (details below).
Saints WRFC wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy New Year.