Cartha ladies cup win

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Cartha Queen’s Park’s women won their first ever cup on Saturday — and the team hope it is the start of something big.

The ladies were crowned National Bowl Champions at Murrayfield following a 19-10 win against Aberdeenshire Quines.

Cartha’s landmark victory came courtesy of tries from wing Tatenda Nyatsanza, back row Mary Lafaiki and second-row Katie Verweijmeren.

Stand-off Louise Moore was also on the scoreboard, grabbing two from three conversions.

Miss Moore, an 18-year-old student from Ireland, told ExtraSport: “It was a scrappy win which required a great team effort.

“Although the club has a great social side, we take the sport very seriously and want to build on this victory”.

John Duffes took over coaching duties for the team last summer and he believes the team has “gone from strength to strength”.

“Previously, training was quite lacklustre and fitness was nowhere to be seen but the girls have really stepped up a gear and have become a very strong, fit and enthusiastic team.

“There’s a great spirit and family atmosphere at the club — the men and the women support each other a lot”.

Cartha narrowly missed out on promotion to Premier one this season, losing in a playoff to Kircaldy.

Captain Morven Pollock — a 33-year-old dietician from Shawlands — is encouraging more locals to come along and give the sport a try.

She said: “We have lots of talented youngsters and a very strong squad but there is sure to be a lot of talented women out there who think rugby is just a sport for men.

“Of course it’s not something for everybody but many girls who had tried it for the first time this year played a key part in the cup win.

“It is great for getting fit and the social side is second to none”.

The ladies have now turned their attention to a summer filled with sevens tournaments and a tour to England where they will face Buckinghamshire Swans and a Royal Airforce team.

For details about joining the club, phone coach John Duffes on 078 522 791 22.

Next week, the Cartha men are back in action when they host Hamilton in a battle between second and third in Premier Three.

Rivals Whitecraigs had a narrow escape on Saturday, defeating bottom-placed Dunfermline 45-39 in a disappointing defensive display from the champions.