Banger Belles make history by taking home the winners’ cup at the Phuket 10s
25-27 May 2018 - PHUKET THAILAND
Phuket 10s Tour Report Eleven Belles (eventually…) made their way to Phuket on Friday 25th May. After a fairly respectable Friday night the Belles made their way to a very, very wet pitch on Saturday morning. First game was 8.50am vs Hong Kong Ice, an unknown opponent recently promoted to the HK first division. Needless to say, the army that they had brought made the Belles anxious going into game one.
The Belles stepped up in the wet weather and got two tries in courtesy of Tang and Eva, one of which was converted by Nina. Some tiredness in the last few minutes saw HK Ice score one of their own and the result was 12-7.
Game two was against the other Hong Kong team, Fire. A break from Nina almost made it over the line, however held short the Belles were strong in support and Mairi was charged across the line for a score. Yee had a break down the wing and scored one of her own, both converted by Nina. Fire got one back of their own, but the Belles, who were displaying a ferocious defensive game, held on for the win. Result 14-5.
Game three was the match-up of the day against the Southerners. Both teams undefeated, the match was open. With no opportunity presenting itself, 17- year-old Nina decided to take fate into her own hands and with a fabulous kick, chase and regather from half way line. Resulting in a stunning solo try under the posts. Nina promptly converted her own try and the Belles fought hard in defence to keep the final result at 7 -0.
The Belles rocked as much off the pitch as on the pitch, with many eyes drawn towards the fabulous beauty queen themed tour costume courtesy of Ying and Prye. Needless to say, the Banger Belles’ reputation as Asia’s Best Touring team is still intact.
Blessed with a 1.15pm kick off, the Belles enjoyed a leisurely Sunday morning shaking off the cobwebs and lending their support to the runner completing his 50K run in support of the Asia Centre Foundation.
The semi-final was against the Hong Kong Fire and both teams came out giving it everything. The Belles stayed defending for most of the match but keeping Fire in their own half. At every opportunity the Belles headed for the line with 5 Nina crossing twice and Tang side-stepping her way to under the posts. Final result 17-0.
The final was set up against Hong Kong Ice after their close win over the Southerners. The Belles were kept in their half for the first 8 minutes, with Ice having most of the possession. The Belles displayed the awesome tackling and ruck work that had got them this far over the weekend and the fight for the title never left them. Nina made a half pitch break and scored for the Belles, but shortly after Ice did the same. Scores tied, in the 10th minute Mairi powered through 3 defenders to make her own line break with Eva in support all the way. The Belles held on for the last minutes and when the final whistle went, victory was theirs. Final score 12-5.
It was an incredibly well fought tournament which couldn’t have been possible without our coach, Doug. After 2 years with the Belles, he has seen them go from strength to strength, and this trophy is a credit to the hard work he and the girls have put in.
Thanks to the organisers and the incredible support from BOBS, Bangers and Panthers throughout the weekend.
Getting in the bus at the end of day 2, a voice from the back asks, “where’s the next tour?”. The Belles are on the hunt for more trophies for our shelf in TDL.
Written by Rosie - an incredibly proud and thrilled captain