The Wasps had their first training session on 19th November 2012 with 8 attendees.
The attendance to training rapidly increased to double figures once the word was spread that Kendal Rugby club now catered for ladies. Currently we have a dedicated squad of 30 players who commit to training and playing every week.
Training advanced swiftly and the girls were keen to get down and dirty and stuck in to some contact. It wasn't long before the girls were begging for a match and it wasn't long before their needs were met! The Wasps played in a mixed friendly match vs Carlisle which proved a huge success and they loved every minute. The Wasps had got a taste for Rugby and certainly wanted more.
Various other friendly's were organised including Garstang, Waterloo and Preston Grassshoppers in a hope that the Wasps had proven ready to be enrolled in to a league with regular competitive fixtures. With encouraging and positive feedback from oppositions the Wasps were successful in entering their first season in the Women's National Championship North 1/2 West League.
The first league match for the Wasps saw them up against an extremely strong and well trained Ormskirk, nevertheless they battled through in horrendous weather conditions for their first win. The rest of the season seems a blur and it ended with the team finishing 2nd in the league in their first year of playing rugby. This was a huge achievement as 99% of the team had never touched a rugby ball before they first arrived at Kendal Rugby Club.
They are now coming towards the end of our 2nd year in the Women's National Championship North 1/2 West League sitting comfortable at the top of the table been unbeaten in 8 games. Alongside league success the girls have also made superb progress in the Junior Cup finding themselves in the Final at Lichfield against Gloucester Hartpury Ladies on the 11th April. The cup this season has seen the ladies up against likes of; Sunderland, Scunthorpe, Sefton and recently Bletchley Ladies in the tight Semi Final at Mint Bridge where the Wasps won 15-5 in an enthralling game.
Needless to say the ladies section at Mint Bridge is flourishing. The ladies are optimistic and excited about their final and last few league fixtures and are fighting to remain unbeaten. The enthusiasm seen in the girls is amazing and energising to be around - they are practically Buzzing….
Good luck to the girls who take on Gloucester Hartpury in a few weeks!