Monday, 12 September 2016

Please read & help - IPF and Gracie Matthews


I am writing to you today because I am totally gutted with the story of Gracie Matthews, a girl like me or you, a fellow rugger. Gracie was a successful player when the biggest nightmare happened - she broke her leg during the game so badly, that the leg had to be amputated. She is much better now, I follow her on her blog at: - she seems to be doing well baring in mind what has happened to her.

But this is not exactly why I am writing to you. I am writing to you because of double standards in the RFU and their Injured Players Fund (IPF). RFU is a hugely funded organisation and we all know that women are massively underfunded in this sport anyway. Only few women are lucky enough to be paid at all for playing and now what the IPF has done is just outrageous - they have refused to help Gracie because... her injury is not serious enough. I don't know, but in my opinion it's pretty permanent, life changing and catastrophic. 

So few people got upset about it including Jeff Probyn who wrote a column about it. In the article linked here he still says it's unchecked info but Gracie already confirmed it on her twitter.

Why I am writing about this today? Because we are all women, we all play rugby and I think we can spare 2 min to support Gracie. Some guys on Facebook from "Women's Full Contact Sport" page have lunched a campaign for Gracie and they write emails to Mike England from IPF to tell him to change their decision on Gracie. Look at Gracie's website, check Probyn's column and please write to Mr English.

I allowed myself to copy an email that was sent by the Women's Full Contact Sport to and adjust it a bit (but feel free to write your own thing. Please get involved.

Dear Mr England,

I am writing to you regarding the IPF's decision not to regard a full leg amputation as a serious enough injury to get some financial help from IPF. The decision to exclude Gracie Mathews fro any grant by your awarding body is morally and professionally unacceptable.

Jeff Probyn has just written an article about it. I'm not going to ask you to reconsider. You should make this decision yourselves following Jeff's article.

The RFU is an extremely rich union substantively helped in this regard by the enormous volunteer network. Unlike soccer, your overall wage bill is sparse in comparison to revenues received. 

As a female rugby player, I want to tell you, that I am deeply concerned with your decision and I cannot imagine that me or any of my teammates would be refused a grant from you in a similar situation. 

Best regards,


Sunday, 11 September 2016

Venus wins at home

Great game this weekend! Millwall Venus won today against Kingston Komets 25:5! I'm really proud of the team and how they played! Woop woop! The detailed match report will follow!

Saturday, 10 September 2016

Millwall Venus - Kingston Ladies

The gods of the rain have listened to our prayers and fortunately it's wet today! That means that the pitch should be much nicer tomorrow, just in time for our first home game agains Kingston Ladies. We lost our first game in the season so our appetite is huge to make this Sunday a victory day for the club. We still feel like we need more game-time together to correct our mistakes but we have a good squad for tomorrow and loads of energy to tackle hard and run fast!

Squad for tomorrow (not in any particular order): Colette, Chiara (King's), Polski, Kirstie, Hannah, Amanda (captain), Hayley, Jodie, Andrea, Charlie, Edna, Paz, Frech Jo (yes!), Chelsea, Liva, Inge (not confirmed), Celine (King's).

Monday, 5 September 2016

First game - lost

Unfortunately we have lost our first game against St Francis 56-5; but we stay positive. We had really good squad with 2 players completely new to rugby but they both did amazing. We did a lot of good things - for example our scrums were very powerful and we won few of them. We also had few impressive runs and ball recycling moments - some of those should have resulted with tries but we made mistakes.

The most positive information is that it was the first time we played together and we know we can do better - we just need to learn from this lesson. We know exactly what mistakes we made and how we can sort them. So let's go to work team and let's get ready for the home game on 11/09!!

Yours, peace and love,


Sunday, 4 September 2016

Game day - St Francis v Millwall Venus

Our first game is scheduled for 2pm at St Francis Rugby Club in Crawley. It is unfortunately miles away but we are ready for this new challenge more that ever. In the last 2 months we have managed to recruit few amazing players and many promising beginners. We are strong, positive and most importantly – we have a 15 with some subs! That's a point for free;) But hey, the plan is to bring back the whole set of points.

We are meeting at 11:15-11:30 at the club. I will bring some beers for the way back;)

The team for this game is (alphabetically):
Zaii Alema, Andrea Bielska, Paz Bombo, Jodie Botha, Kirstie Hargreaves, Harry Heard, Amanda Huddleson (captain), Rebecca Kelly, Chelsea McDonagh, Alice Merritt (LSE), Charley Mitten, Louise Norris, Hannah Salway, Edna Schweizer (manager), Liva Servan, Lucy Sutcliffe, Colette St-Onge, Hayley Whitehead

Peace and love,