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Double Success For Women’s Rugby Union!

Hallam’s women’s rugby union side enjoyed a memorable season after completing a league and cup double as well as going the whole season unbeaten.
Their league campaign began with a 45-0 win over Leeds Trinity and that was followed by a 118-0 win over Newcastle which saw them through to the next stage of the cup. A 107-0 win against Newcastle was to follow the week after and these results set the tone for the rest of the season as Hallam went on to dominate.
Wins over Durham, Hull, Sunderland and York St. John followed in the league whilst they reached the Northern Conference Cup final after defeating Sunderland, Lancaster and Durham.
The Northern Conference Cup was sealed in March when they defeated Edge Hill 24-18 in a close and hard-fought game. Edgehill play in the same tier as Hallam and had won the Northern 2A division which meant the game always looked being a tight affair. However, after coming back from 7-8 down, Hallam found themselves 19-8 up. Edge Hill fought back to 19-18 however and the momentum seemed to be in their favour. Thankfully, one last try from Hallam late on killed Edge Hill’s chances of securing victory and won the cup for Hallam.
The league was then sealed without Hallam having to play their remaining two games as Teesside conceded the re-scheduled game which had previously been postponed. Hallam finished three points above Durham and they even had one game in hand, though that fixture will not be played. Hallam’s goal difference of +314 was also 104 better off than Durham’s which is another testament to just how well the team did last season.
It was a great year for the side who bounced back from last year’s relegation from the Northern 1A division by earning promotion back at the first time of asking.
Hallam were a class above all season and proved to be just too good for their opposition. Captain Bronagh Doherty by example with her very impressive try scoring but the team’s success was down to every single player from defence to attack, lead by coach Ryan Amos.

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