Firwood Waterloo beat Camp Hill

FIRWOOD Waterloo have secured their place at the top of the Championship North league following a 26-5 win against Camp Hill at the weekend.

The ladies team are edging closer to the Premiership play offs with only three games left in the season against sides they have already decisively beaten.

A record breaking Sunday crowd descended on Blundellsands for the highly anticipated game and watch the ladies team take to the field through a guard of honour provided by Waterloo Firwood’s Under-10s.

Camp Hill, wanting to retain their Championship title and revenge following their home defeat, took control of the game early, attacking Firwood Waterloo’s defence, not allowing the home side into the game.

Spurred on by the vocal crowd the Blundellsands team soaked up the pressure, pushed back and broke through Camp Hill with the first try under the post, which was easily converted by vice-captain Beth Stott.

The Birmingham side changed tack and started kicking to try and break into the opposition’s half but the pace of Firwood Waterloo’s backs kept it in hand and quickly moved it back up the pitch and scored again before half time.

The nerves of the occasion started to show and although the title challengers looked strong and now in control, mistakes gave Camp Hill possession but solid tackles stopped them short of the try line.

The second half was as highly contested as the first and the talk at half time had settled Firwood Waterloo allowing them to score two further tries.

The home side began to dominate the game and victory was close but Camp Hill were not going to give up without a fight and were finally rewarded with an unconverted try. Firwood Waterloo spurred on by the crowd and close to victory stepped up a gear and attacked until the final whistle, not allowing the visitors back into the game.

Steph Veal, Firwood Waterloo’s captain, said: “The ladies had a massive challenge ahead of them but we knew we could beat Camp Hill at home. We are very close to achieving our goal of getting to the Premiership play offs and need to maintain our focus and efforts for the remaining games.

“We would like to thank our supporters, sponsors and the Under-10s who made Sunday a special day at Firwood Waterloo.”

Waterloo Vice Captain Beth Stott was named back of the match and Irish International Lauren Day was forward of the match.

HELEN DUGGAN

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