RUGBY: Huntingdonshire girls starring for a terrific Peterborough team

Liberty Ashdown (left) receives the RAF RFU Girls Rugby Festival trophy from Welsh international Sia

Liberty Ashdown (left) receives the RAF RFU Girls Rugby Festival trophy from Welsh international Sian Williams. - Credit: Archant

Fenstanton girl Liberty Ashdown captained the Peterborough Under 13 team to glory in the prestigious annual RAF RFU Girls Rugby Festival yesterday.

They successfully defended the title they had won last season, just a week after clinching the East Midlands Championship - further strengthening their claim to be the best team in Britain.

“It’s been a fantastic season,” said the Swavesey Village College pupil, who turned 13 in December. “We’ve got a brilliant set of players, some great coaches, a wonderful sponsor and some very supportive parents.”

The 23-strong squad also includes fellow Swavesey Village College pupil Steffanie Jenkins along with Leah Lilley, Nyahleh Soyei and Niamh Ledwich from Longsands Academy plus Lenni Lewis-Nichols from Sawtry Village College, Maddy Jones from Hinchingbrooke School and Ruby James from Abbey College in Ramsey.

They have lost just two of the 105 matches they’ve played over the last two seasons, amassing a bulging trophy cabinet by playing teams from as far afield as Castleford in the north to Portsmouth in the South and from Drybook (on the Welsh border) in the west to Diss in the east.

“I had a vague inkling we might do okay when I set this team up just a couple of years ago,” said manager Simon Potter. “But this brilliant set of girls has surpassed all expectations and if they want to consider themselves the best team in the country, I think they’ve got a pretty good case!”

Peterborough Rugby Club runs girls’ teams at Under 18, Under 15, Under 13 and Under 11 ages and are keen to welcome more recruits from the Hunts area.

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Further information is available by contacting Potter by email -