Former Featherstone Rovers Ladies RL player Lindsay Anfield, of Darrington, was invited to play in an international women’s event at the Dubai rugby 7s for the second successive year.
Normanton Knights Ladies player-coach Lindsay, who is head of PE at De Lacy Academy, Knottingley, represented the Askaris Predators, a team made up of England, Australian and Netherlands internationals who weren’t selected to play in the main women’s tournament.
The team, who were sponsored by Dubai-based oil company Askaris, came second in their pool. They played Tribe 7s, who were mainly Australian development players but also had Maggie Alphonsi MBE playing for them, and Pink Babas (breast cancer charity) from the United Kingdom, as well as Russia and Epypt .
After two days of pool games at the Emirates Sevens Stadium in Dubai, Askaris Predators qualified for the quarter finals where they beat an Israeli team.
They then beat the Russians again in the semi-finals, but lost 26-17 to Tribe 7s in the final.
Lindsay, who has played for England and Great Britain women’s RL teams, was in the starting seven for the final. She played at hooker before switching to centre.
She said: “I really enjoyed the opportunity to play a different brand of rugby at such a huge event. The atmosphere in the ground was like something I’ve never experience at any sporting event. 7s is unbelieveably fast and the heat of playing, literally in the middle of the desert, was difficult to contend with, but I enjoyed every minute.
“I think the skills I have gained through rugby league are most certainly transferable to 7s. I wouldn’t say I am a union convert now, but am looking forward to playing in more 7s competitions in 2014.
“I would like to thank De Lacy Academy, the governors and especially Principal Gareth Mason, for their continued support of my rugby career.”