The She-Devils Are Back With A Victory!!!
What an epic moment it was to see the elite group of talented, athletic, determined ladies that are the She-Devils back in action for the first time in almost two years! The team were intent on implementing the hard work they had put in on the training ground and lay down a marker to their Beijing rivals!
The starting line up contained a healthy balance of experience and fresh blood, with the talis(wom)anic Jade Leanne and Valiha Lucron, alongside the returning figures of Suli Uta’atu and Vicki Turnbull leading the backs and forwards respectively. These club legends were propped upby enthusiastic newbies, including Abby Taylor, Cathy Tian and Ella Gao.
The game started with a heated exchange of ball carrying and big hits as both sides looked to suss each other out. Some strong scrummaging from the Devils pack set the platform for a prolonged period in the opposition half, only to have the unfortunate outcome of an Aardvarks line break against the run of play result in the opening score.
Despite this early set back, the girls continued to implement what they had learnt with Coach Leighton in training; to not give up, keep organized and play as a team. This game plan paid off when some slick backline play drew in the Aardvarks defense and enabled Suli to touch down and level the scores.
After a team regroup at half time, the ladies used their strength in depth wisely, bringing on a host of impact subs who turned the game in their favor. A score from debutant Liya put the girls in the driving seat, and it took a further Aardvarks score to make the final exchanges cagey. However, in the end, the day belonged to the She-Devils who kept their heads to close out the game for a famous victory! Final score, 12-10.
The team are looking forward to their next round of games this weekend, having sent a clear message to the Beijing community, the SheDevils are BACK!!