A Stiff Challenge But No Waterloo For The Women Of West Park Leeds

Purely by chance, this was the second week in a row that ickledot met Firwood Waterloo. Last Saturday it was their men against Ilkley and this week their women came up against West Park Leeds. The Lancashire side has been a famously strong one for a number of years, regularly inflicting heavy defeats on their opponents, including WPL. On this occasion the Yorkshire squad were determined to avoid a drubbing and possibly gain a win. It was going to be hard though.

The day was bright and warm when the match began at 2.45. Thirty or so minutes later the dark clouds descended and bought with them a heavy downpour, possibly reflecting the siege mentality which WPL were forced to adopt as the pressure from Firwood was relentless.

This brought an initial converted try and, just as WPL were beginning to enjoy some possession and attacks of their own, an interception and solo run put the home side 14 points adrift on the half time whistle.

During half time the rain stopped, the sun came out and West Park Leeds began to put some moves together. They are a united, determined group and consistent pressure was rewarded with a try on the left.

Try Coming

A second try, this time converted, brought the scores almost level, 12-14, and WPL continued to move forward. Firwood are strong in all areas though and their defence held firm as time ran out. As can often happen, with all WPL's attention on attack, when Firwood did get an opportunity to break out they took full advantage, scoring a third try and conversion. The final score was 12-21 - well done to Firwood Waterloo.

West Park Leeds deserve to be proud of their performance though as they continued to challenge throughout. On another day the outcome could have been different. You can see more photographs of the game here and a larger selection is available in the ickledot shop.

Unusually the West Park Leeds second team were also playing at home so after the game the whole squad gathered for a photograph.