OA Saints kicked off their league season on Sunday by welcoming newly-promoted Chesham Stags to Woollams. The first fifteen minutes were disrupted by early injuries and neither team seemed to settle into their patterns. Twenty minutes into the game, a yellow card for Club Captain Kate Barnes changed the game – but not as the spectators might have expected. Chesham missed the kick at goal, and being reduced to 14 players seemed to galvanise the Saints. Five minutes later, inside-centre Robyn King scored the first try of the game to make it 5-0 to the home team with twenty-two minutes gone.
The lead was doubled fifteen minutes later when Claire McKenna, having made a number of robust tackles from full back, was set free and burned outside the Stags’ defence to score under the posts. King added the extras and half-time saw the Saints leading 12-0.
The second half started solidly for Saints, and they extended their lead with a try from Hayley Everett (outside-centre). A quickly-taken penalty on the right wing was moved across the width of the pitch for Everett to score in the corner and establish a 17-0 lead with 25 minutes left to play.
Chesham got on the scoreboard in the last ten minutes, when they recovered what had been a stolen lineout to score in the corner. The final score was 17-5 to the Saints.Back of the match was scrum-half Maddie Gunnell and forward of the match was team captain and number 8, Charlie Fredrickson.
Saints welcome Blackheath to Woollams next Sunday for a potentially league-defining clash. 2:30pm kickoff, all supporters welcome.