Six of our Penryn girls had the honour of representing their county last weekend, with our four U18s making the long trip up to Somerset whilst our U15 debutants and myself as backs coach hopping over the border to Tavistock.
This year's county fixtures feature a festival format featuring three games of 15-a-side followed by three games of 7s, giving the girls an experience of both forms of the game across the three fixtures (all away from home!)
Tough test for U18s
Prop Mia Abbott-Smith and lock Megan Moriarty both played in the U18s 15-a-side squads, battling valiantly but losing each of their matches against Devon, Somerset and Gloucestershire.
Centres Sky Clemens and Ellie Beynon then featured in the U18s 7s games, similarly falling short against counties able to pick from far greater player numbers than our own.
Despite the losses, all the girls had fun and are looking forward to the remaining games. Well done girls!
U15s deliver in Devon
Meanwhile in Devon the U15s had a more successful outing, taking everyone by surprise with some superb rugby. The full Cornwall U15s report is here (worth a read, I promise!), but from a Penryn perspective both our girls played exceptionally well.
Flanker Josie Plant scored three of our tries, but far more than that was a menace at the breakdown and passed well too when popping up in the back line. Inside centre Mille Osman had an influential game too, making some important driving runs and delivering fast ball to exploit the space she created, plus delivered a much-needed blend of pace and power in the later 7s.
As coach I was massively impressed with the efforts of all the Cornish girls at the weekend, but especially happy that both of our U15s girls looked thoroughly at home in the team, despite still having another year in this age group ahead of them.
From a coaching perspective, being involved with the county team has been pleasure: we have talented bunch of girls who are all eager to improve, and the atmosphere in the group is awesome. Now if my team manager can just stop wandering off with bits of my Penryn kit...