Kat gets the coaching cream
Merchant, together with h fellow World Cup p winner Rocky Clark, have been coaching the men’s teams at Chesham for some years now.
However, she will spend much of this month on the other side of the world, trying to help the Sri Lankan ladies qualify for the Rio io Olympics in two qualifying events.
Merchant said: “I got a phone call from Tom Burwell, one of the men’s coaches, and he asked if I would be interested in going to Hong Kong and Tokyo with the women’s team to coach them. I couldn’t commit to the entire training programme due to my work commitments at home, but I’m really pleased we could work something out as to coach an international side is such a great experience.
“I will be staying Cheshambased but am currently talking with Sri Lanka about how we can make it work with me living in the UK, and I will continue to coach the Chesham’s men’s team together with Rocky.
“Women’s rugby out in Sri Lanka is still young and a bit naive in places, but with me coming on board, I hope to try and use my experience to introduce new concepts and techniques both on and off th the pitch.”
W i thou t M Merchant, the Ch Chesham men’s tea team had a day to fo forgetonSaturday, let letting a 12-0 lead slip against Ch Chipping Norton to go down 13-12 to a penalty with the last kick of the gam game.
T Tries from Olly Jayc Jaycocks and Call Callum Wilson were mer mere consolations in the end and, to make matters worse, opponents Chipping Norton had been bottom of the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier at the start of the day.
There were wins for the second and thirds, who beat Old Grammarians 16-7 and Tring fourths 20-0 respectively. The firsts will look to bounce back at Crowthorne this Saturday.
Up in Southern Counties North, ahead of their derby clash, Beaconsfield and Drifters beat Buckingham 1917 and lost 20-10 to Aylesbury respectively.
Chesham, in action against Chipping Norton, will be sharing their coach
Kat Merchant (inset)