Sat 24 Oct 2015

Sure sponsored Vagabonds Ladies secured maximum points on Saturday with a 55-0 win over Ormskirk Ladies.  Following a six week break, and after suffering heavily to Sefton in the previous match, the Manx side were determined to show the league that they mean business. 

Ormskirk won the toss and opted to kick off.  With Vagas in possession they quickly found themselves in the Ormskirk 22 and within minutes the first points were put on the board by centre Lizzie Lennon.  The extras were added by Sammie MacDonald with an exceptional kick from the touchline.  

Vagas kept possession from the restart until a knocked on ball saw Ormskirk awarded a scrum.  The experienced Vagas pack drove the home side off their own ball leaving number 8 Corrina Daly to pick the ball from the base of the scrum.  She was stopped short of the try line; however the ball was quickly recycled out to Alana Faragher who powered over the line with numerous defenders desperately trying to hold her back.  The conversion drifted wide and with 12 minutes on the clock Vagas had 12 points on the scoreboard. 

Ormskirk changed tactics and kicked off to Vagas backs, on form Lennon collected the ball and ran the length of the pitch undisturbed to score under the posts leaving a dumbfounded Ormskirk in her wake. 

As Vagas confidence grew, the play improved further and the remainder of the half saw three more tries from Chrissie Johnson, MacDonald and Faragher.  With the score at 36-0 going in to the second half, Vagas made changes to the pack, and pushed Lennon out to the wing. 

Ormskirk with nothing to lose stepped up their game and made hard work for Vagas in the second half.  With good, quick passing down the line, they made a break down to touchline finding a hole in the defence but were driven in to touch short of the line by Daly. With Vagas now on high alert, any hope of Ormskirk scoring faded and during the rest of the half 19 points were added from Lennon, MacDonald and Isobel Bloor who scored her maiden try, crossing the whitewash after catching a loose pass barely an inch from the ground. 

In the post-match speech, skipper Lauren Ellison thanked Ormskirk for their sportsmanship both on and off the pitch, and praised them for managing to field a full 15 which was looking doubtful at the start of the week. 

Vagas now have a month before hosting Doncaster Ladies at home, and with this result as a foundation to work from their season looks set to be a successful one.