16th Dec, 2018

History made at Butts Park Arena

Craig Gibbons 22nd Nov, 2018

COVENTRY’S Butts Park Arena made history on Saturday after hosting its first-ever game of girls rugby.

The U15 teams from Barkers Butts and Old Halesonians fought out a well-contested match in front of an appreciative crowd prior to Coventry Rugby’s Championship Cup win over Yorkshire Carnegie.

And on a day when Barkers Butts product Rob Knox was named as the Rugby Paper’s man-of-the-match, the Meriden-based club logged a notable double when their girls claimed an exciting 29-22 success.

Barkers built a 17-10 half-time lead, thanks to tries from Ellie Tranter, Abbie Kipping and Emily Knox.

The second half was just as equally matched as Old Halesonians battled back to claim a 22-17 lead before the Warwickshire club turned things round, thanks to tries from Emma Bewley and a second for Emily Knox.

Carl Southwell, Barkers Butts U15 head coach and chairman of the club’s girls section, said: “What an opportunity for our young ladies to play at such a great venue.

“It is always nice to take a hard fought win and I’m looking forward to what the future holds through linking up with Coventry.”

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