Ladies proud of rugby roy­alty Rocky

Skip­per praises World Cup win­ner who has been made MBE

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

CHE­SHAM Ladies RFC skip­per Vicky Boor­man joked that her team do not know whether or not to cur­tesy to coach Rocky Clark since she was made an MBE.

But if Rocky, whose real name is Rochelle, guides the team to an un­beaten sea­son and pro­mo­tion from Women’s NC SEN 1, they will be shout­ing her name from the rooftops.

Clark, along with Kat Marchant, is one of the vic­to­ri­ous Eng­land team at last year’s Women’s World Cup who coach the Che­sham Ladies side.

Since Rocky was named in the New Year’s Hon­ours list, Che­sham have con­tin­ued their fine form, with two more wins in Jan­uary, in­clud­ing last Sun­day’s 15-0 vic­tory over South­wold Swal­lows, mak­ing it seven from seven this sea­son.

They cur­rently lead the ta­ble by 14 points and they only need five more wins, start­ing with a home game against bot­tom side Wy­mond­ham Wasps on Sun­day week, to make it a 100 per cent sea­son.

Boor­man said: “This team has been go­ing for 20 years and I have been here for 12 of them. I can’t re­mem­ber an un­beaten sea­son be­fore – it would be a great achieve­ment.

“There’s been some real ups and downs over the years. We have played at the level be­low the Women’s Premier­ship and we have also gone to the bot­tom and re­built from scratch, but we have re­ally de­vel­oped the club over the past five years.

“Rocky is a level three coach and she makes sure you en­joy ev­ery ses­sion, whether you’ve been play­ing for years like me or are just start­ing out.

“We were proud of her when we watched her lift the World Cup in Paris, and we are so proud of her MBE too. She thor­oughly de­serves her award and it hasn’t changed her at all.

“She helps make the club spe­cial. I’ve moved all over the place over the years but wouldn’t dream of play­ing any­where else.”

Else­where, while her for­mer team-mates are dream­ing of pro­mo­tion, ex-Che­sham Ladies player Lau­ren Cat­tell this week helped Sara­cens Women se­cure the Premier­ship ti­tle.

Che­sham’s men’s team did not have a game last week­end due to the weather.

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WIN­NER: World Cup win­ner Rochelle Clark waves a Che­sham Ladies scarf

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