On a dark and ominous Halloween Sunday, Libby suffered their second defeat on the bounce. In the face of torrential rain and with a Dundee backline firing on all cylinders, it was all trick and no treat for our ladies. Read on to find out how the game went down…
Shaking off the cobwebs
After a weekend of miserable weather, the game kicked off at a rescheduled venue and saw Liberton facing an early onslaught of pressure from an energetic Dundee side. Some really strong defending saw off a few initial drives but the home side were over the line within a few minutes of the whistle to take an early lead.
The pressure didn’t stop there as Libby never really got going in the initial stages, with Dundee getting over again with a few quick tries inside the first 15 minutes.
An injury to Hooker, Aasiyah Patankar took things from bad to worse for our ladies who had to drop down to 14 for the remainder of the game. Twenty minutes in though, the cobwebs were beginning to shake as Liberton began to apply a bit of pressure of their own, the game balancing out and looking like a much more even contest.
Fighting to the final whistle
The game saw another strong away following for Liberton, armed with Morrisons Meal Deals and cheap beer and after witnessing a sustained period without conceding, there was a stir of hope that we’d see the blue and red get over the try line.
Unfortunately it wasn’t to be as Dundee took to the second half with an early try to widen the gap even further. Even so, Libby stuck to the task, making some great tackles and working through the phases themselves before Morgan Nisbet, who had an excellent game at 13, took a heavy knock to the ankle, prompting a lengthy pause and taking her out of the game, further depleting the squad.
As a tough away game drew to a close, our ladies were dead on their feet, conceding a few late tries and taking the final score to 67-0. The Valkyries were indeed on top form, making their ancestors in Valhalla proud and (probably) prompting a Halloween party for the ages up in Norse heaven.
A chance to take stock
A lightening fast back line and some unbelievable offloads in the most challenging of weather saw Dundee take a well deserved victory in this one. For Liberton, a chance to take stock and heal a few wounds as we take two weeks off before returning to action and looking for a third win of the season, at home to RDVC on Sunday 21st November at 14:00.
Improvements, intensity and insane boot choices
It wouldn’t be a complete match report without mentioning the highlights and we had a few in this game!
Liberton’s player of the match went to Hayley Norton for her fantastic defending, attacking the rucks and continuous jackling. Dundee voted for Centre, Rachel Smith for her high intensity and constant pressure throughout the 80. Liberton's most improved player award this week went to Hannah Young.
We had two players entering the fold to make their debut, and what a game to do it in! Great games from Jennifer Mack and Mary Slipper who never shied away from the action and put in some big tackles to keep the home team honest.
Dick of the day this week went to the injured Morgan for ‘forgetting’ to bring both her boots and instead opting for an interesting combo of one pink and one black – I understand they were also different sizes so no need to explain that nomination any further.
Pints were had, pizza was eaten and Libby took back down the road to prepare for the next challenge!
Final score – Liberton 0 – Dundee Valkyries 67
Player of the match – Hayley Norton
Dick of the day – Morgan Nisbet
Most improved – Hannah Young
Opposition nominated PoM - Rachel Smith
Team Captain – Victoria Fenton
Team Vice – Hayley Ross