Hunting Canada’s Yetis...

Yetis were to be spotted running around Letchworth last weekend! Unusually these Yetis weren’t from the Himalayas but from the mountains of British Columbia in Canada. Also they also played rugby - and they were all girls.

They Yetis are a girls’ rugby team from the town of Salmon Arm in the centre of Canada’s farthest west province, and were in England on their first overseas rugby tour. They left their town, still under two feet of snow, last week and after a few days in the west country headed up the M4 for Letchworth, enticed to visit Hertfordshire by the Letchworth Girls’ “blog”!

The Yetis specialise in sevens rugby, and so Letchworth Girls put together a small tournament for them, inviting girls from Kettering and Northampton to join the party. Yetis were narrow winners over Letchworth in their opening game – a try from the final play of the game giving them a 17-12 win – before going down to Kettering, who went on to win the tournament, 20-5.

The Yetis now travel on to Richmond in London for the final leg of their tour.

For some of Letchworth’s girls this was their fourth game in a week and their third game against Canadian opposition. Last Monday Letchworth, with girls from Stevenage, had taken on Madill “Mustangs” from Exeter in Ontario under lights at Hitchin, winning a bruising encounter 10-5. Then on Saturday three of girls were drafted in by Saracens to help them in their game against the Mustangs, Letchworth’s Hayley Guilder scoring two tries and being awarded Player-of-the-Match.

The Yeti’s fixture was also the start of Letchworth’s preparations for a series of five major sevens and tens tournaments that they will be taking part in across the south of England, starting with the Gloucester 10s after Easter and ending with the National 7s at the end of May.

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