Rugby Union: ARKS women have huge win, but mixed weekend for men


The Armadale ARKS women’s team in action against Swan Suburbs last weekend, winning 54-0.
The Armadale ARKS women’s team in action against Swan Suburbs last weekend, winning 54-0.

AN improving Armadale ARKS women’s team defeated Swan Suburbs 54-0 last weekend.

Although only fielding 13 players due to injuries, the team took to the Swan Suburbs girls with increased fitness and skill levels and great determination.

The first try was on the board in quick time and April Sherman had a good day with the boot only missing with one conversion.

Most of the scoring was done in the first half with Swan Suburbs regrouping at halftime and ARKS feeling the effects of the hard work they had done in the first half.

Swans put up good resistance in the second half but they had to defend all day with ARKS keeping them scoreless.

ARKS 54 Swan Suburbs 0 (tries: S Taka 2, E Tata, R Murphy, J Anania, J Bird, M Walcott and J Bartley one each; kicks: A Sherman 7 conversions)

The men only had one game lat week, with B-Grade having a bye.

In the first grade competition, Arks lost 8-31.

It fielded a far stronger team than last week but there were still players having to play out of position with no specialist flankers in the side.

ARKS were ahead at the start of the game and for the first quarter with a good try scored in the right corner but Angus Lawrie was not able to convert.

The scrums were fairly even with the Swans large forward pack able to exert pressure on ARKS who were experimenting with new players.

The line-outs were a different matter with ARKS dominant.

The first half finished with the sides evenly placed but at the game went on the larger side of the Swans loose forwards who worked hard all day finally took its toll.

Arks 8 Swans Suburbs 31 (trys: H Toki 1; kicks: A Lawrie 1 penalty)

Angus Lawrie played his last game for ARKS; he is moving on to play in the higher grades and will be missed by players and supporters.

His father played for ARKS in their Premiership days and he has come up through the grades returning this year from a premiership club to hopefully help ARKS to a shot at a higher grade.

But with the prospect of promotion gone he has decided to further his own career in rugby.

We wish him well and hope to see him back in ARKS colours in the future.