Welsh Colleges Girls Rugby win gold for the ninth season in a row!

Welsh domination of the British Colleges Championship continued in Nottingham when the Welsh Colleges Girls rugby team won gold again for the ninth consecutive season.

Kayleigh Powell, a second year Sport learner from Bridgend College competed at the AoC Sport National Championships in Nottingham in April, coming home with a GOLD medal as she helped the Welsh Colleges Girls rugby team to finish in first place. This is the second year in a row for Kayleigh to be selected to play for the Welsh Colleges team. The team  travelled to the University of Nottingham where they battled against teams from colleges across Britain during the three-day event. Katy is due to achieve the Level 3 Extended Diploma Sport (Sports Development & Coaching) this year.

More than 1600 college students took part in this year’s National Championships, now in its 39th year, at a series of incredible sporting facilities including the University of Nottingham’s David Ross Sports Village, Trent Bridge, Nottingham Wildcats Arena, Morley Hayes Golf Club, Nottingham Tennis Centre and Nottingham Tennis Centre.

Coached by Daryl Morgan and managed by former Wales prop Jenny Davies, the Welsh team went undefeated and averaged 30 points a game while conceding just an average of seven from their six encounters.

“It has been my eleventh year at the British Colleges Championships with the Welsh Colleges Girls team and each year the standard of rugby is getting higher and higher,” said Davies, who is also the Welsh Colleges Girls Rugby Coordinator.

Morgan, who has coached the team for the past five seasons, added: “Each year the attitude and application of all the players selected has been fantastic, and this year was no exception.”

Welsh Colleges squad:
Lleucu George and Katie Thicker (Pembrokeshire College)
Mollie North (Coleg Sir Gar)
Gwen Crabb and Hannah Jones (Neath Port Talbot College)
Kayleigh Powell (Bridgend College)
India Berbillion and Millie Williams (Coleg Y Cymoedd)
Ebbonie Tedstone and Kenzie Tutton (Coleg Gwent)
Niamh Terry (Gower College)
Sioned Phillips (Grwp Llandrillo Menai)

Results:
vs North West 33-5 – Tries: Gwen Crabb, Lleucu George, Kayleigh Powell, Katie Thicker, Kenzie Tutton; Cons – Powell (4).
vs South East 36-14 – Tries: Katie Thicker (2), Kayleigh Powell (2), Mollie North, Gwen Crabb; Cons – Kayleigh Powell (2), Sioned Phillips.
vs Yorkshire and The Humber 26-17 – Tries: Kayleigh Powell, Lleucu George, Niamh Terry, Katie Thicker; Cons – Kayleigh Powell (2), India Berbillion.
vs Exeter College 36-5 – Tries – Hannah Jones, Gwen Crabb (2), Katie Thicker, Lleucu George, Kayleigh Powell; Cons – Sioned Phillips (3)
vs Eastern 39-0 – Tries – Kenzie Tutton, Mollie North (2), Millie Williams, India Berbillion, Sioned Phillips, Katie Thicker. Cons – Sioned Phillips (2).
vs Loughborough College 15-5 – Tries – Kayleigh Powell (2), Millie Williams.

About the AoC Sport National Championships
The 2017 AoC Sport National Championships was run in partnership with the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Conferences, Sport Nottinghamshire, Nottingham City Council and Experience Nottinghamshire.

About AoC Sport
AoC Sport is the lead organisation for sport and physical activity in colleges. A subsidiary company of the Association of Colleges, AoC Sport’s vision is for every student to participate regularly in sport or physical activity, to achieve significant benefits in terms of education, employment and health.