Once again, RAF Cranwell was the venue for the Air Training Corps Rugby and Netball championships, fought out between the Corps’ six Regions.
A very keen competition in the Gymnasium saw the young ladies of Central and East Region battle hard and most entertainingly during their matches. However, try as they most certainly did, they could not undermine the the strength of the team representing London and South East Region (LaSER).
Second and third place was decided in the last game that was an end to end thriller that, unfortunately for Central and East, finished in defeat and the Region took the Bronze position with the pride of knowing they had given their all.
Outside, although sunny, a cold breeze kept the spectators well wrapped up but enthralled by excellent rugby played with a high degree of skill, determination, aggression and fair play.
The Central and East team had impressive wins and not had a point scored against them in the early stages. Having had a seemingly comfortable ride into the final, they were now faced with the might of LaSER, also in fine form.
The match was gritty and a real nail biter. The ball flowed from end to end but never crossed the line to score. This thrilling battle that saw the teams fight for every ball and every inch of ground finished in a draw that was a fitting result for the two teams both of which deserved to win.
The trophy of the Corps Rugby Championship for 2016 will be held by LaSER for six months and then by Central and East.
Presentations for both championships were made by the Corps’ Chief of Staff, Group Captain John Lawlor, standing in for the Commandant. Group Captain Lawlor praised the cadets for their competitive spirit, skill and their great sense of fair play.