The Weekend Roundup
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Loughborough Lightning are now the only side to have maintained their 100% start in Tyrell’s 15s League. They are four points clear at the top after a bonus point victory against Darlington Mowden Park Sharks. The victory exhibits the gulf in quality already visible in the league. The Sharks, sitting in seventh, are nine points adrift of Gloucester-Hartpury who are just one place higher.
Whist this one-sided performance would have thrilled only Loughborough’s own fans, the London Derby was the neutral’s favourite. Defending Champions Saracens were dominant for large spells in the first half, but, after leading 12-3, their advantage was cut to 12-10 at the half-time whistle. Marlie Packer added to the visitor’s scorecard quickly after half-time, but a sin bin for substitute Lauren Newman turned the tide. Quin’s were then unable to get back in the game with just 5 minutes remaining. The 20-17 defeat reduces Saracens’ league lead over Quins to just 3 points. Saracen’s next home fixture against high scoring Gloucester-Hartpury is next weekend’s hot ticket.
Another week, another Arsenal victory. The top of the table team’s exceptional form showed no sign of abating this weekend after the Gunners tore apart fourth placed Reading with a 6-0 win. Whilst the Reading defense lacked organisation, the home side can still take credit for their well executed press which ensured domination. The North Londoners will also be pleased they secured a new long-term contract with their Australian coach Joe Montemurro earlier this week, who took over last season.
Elsewhere, reigning champions Chelsea continued to falter as they drew away against Birmingham, despite the home side being reduced to ten women. Chelsea were also awarded a rather dubious penalty in the 74 minute, but Carney – who was the subject of much publicised social media abuse this week – was unable to convert. However, Manchester City are still within one point of the league leaders. Their 0-6 win against Brighton & Hove Albion was aided by 19-year-old Georgia Stanway’s hattrick. Go follow her now, we’re sensing a bright future.
In the Championship, Tottenham lead the league with five wins in five. However Manchester United – who did not play this weekend – are hot on their heels, just two points behind with a +8 superior goal difference.
Crowd favourite Katie Taylor retained her world titles (yes, plural – someone, please sort out unification asap, we can’t keep up), with a unanimous points victory over Cindy Serrano. Taylor went into the bout prepared to go the distance – Serrano has impressively never been knocked out – but Serrano’s ability to stay upright notwithstanding, the Puerto Rican was dominated throughout as the Irishwoman won all 10 rounds. The result sets up a tie with Serrano’s younger sister Amanda who has won world titles at all six weight divisions.
Without doubt the best sport for longevity, Wales’ Becky Morgan has won her first pro title after 18 years on the circuit. The 44 year old won the Hero Women’s Indian Open on -7 under par, having shared the lead going into the final round. She confessed she didn’t look at the leaderboard until the final hole, ‘I knew I was doing fairly well because I was playing well - but I kept to myself and let it happen.’ Insert every staying your mum told you about the rewards of patience here.