So far the new Bamboos Women’s team has surpassed all expectations, since its launch in April this year. In three of the previous four tournaments, the team always managed to make it to the Cup or at least the Shield final. Many intense hours on the training field under the guidance of coach Lewis Pratten resulted in a strong and confident group of players which quickly developed a winning game plan.
The Bamboos Women’s created a lot of lasting memories in previous months however this Saturday has the potential to become a very special occasion, not just for the women’s team but for the whole club. With the cup final appearance of the South West 7s Festival back in June, the ladies successfully qualified for the regional finals of the RFU 24/Sevens Series which will be held this weekend in Exeter. The finals are carried out as part of the SW7s Rugby event, which also hosts men’s and women’s open as well as social tournaments tomorrow.
While the pool matches are played at the Exeter University sports ground in Topsham, the finals of the women’s and men’s competition will be at the famous Sandy Park, home of Premiership Champions Exeter Chiefs, which is without a doubt another huge motivation for the team to give it all.
However, getting to this stage will be anything else than easy as a strong line-up of opponents will fight hard to secure one of the two precious spaces in the final which will be played in between the GPS Grand Prix 7s Series, a tournament featuring Europe’s best teams. The winners of tomorrow’s finals will then progress to the national final two weeks later at the Rec in Bath.
Our girls will face women’s Super Rugby outfit Hartpury College, BUCS Premiership side Exeter University and the invitational 7s team O’Neills Nomads. All of those three teams will bring plenty of experience and 7s skills to the table.
But with a full and strong squad available and a trophy win at the West Country 7s two weeks ago the girls should travel with plenty of confidence down the M5 in order to enter the big stage. You can follow all the action from Exeter through our Twitter account. If you like to come down to support the Bamboos please use postcode EX3 0LY (Topsham Sports Ground, Topsham Road). The entrance is free of charge.