GKTWRFC: Meet the women’s GKT Rugby Team fighting for the Macadam 2017 title

A full rundown of the GKT Women’s Rugby Team playing KCL in the Macadam Cup, as told by Louise Aaron and Rachel King

Are you ready sports fans? It’s that time of year again. The annual celebration of aggression, skill and post-match frivolity. GKT have been chasing KCL all year and on Wednesday, the match is set to be a flying by the seat of your undershorts kinda ride, for both sides.

Don’t know your hooker from your haka? Your gain line from your grubber? Never fear, the lovely girls of GKT are here to tell you a bit about their on (and off) pitch antics in preparation for the biggest match of the year. Hold on to your scrumcaps kids, you’re about to meet the spiciest rugby girls inside the M25.

Line Up:                                                                                   Subs:

 

1 Louise Edwards                    9 Josephine Smith                  Saba Zainab

2 Chantel Lui                           10 Emma Cochrane                Elsa Desmond

3 Katie Keen                            11 Sasha Cutten                      Rhea Randhawa

4 Rachel Morse                       12 Circe La Mache                  Charlotte Palmer

5 Teona Serafimova               13 Raphaelle Debray              Nyimasata Sanyang

6 Efstratia Papoutselou          14 Rachel King                        Laurel Dunne

7 Louise Aaron (C )                 15 Anna Kessler                      Georgie Rodaway

8 Kimberly Walsh                                                                   Rhy Ward

Freya Gamlen

Louise ‘Tank’ Edwards

Louise joined the squad last year and has been leaving trampled opposition players in her wake ever since. You think this photo’s fierce, when the other team come face to face with Louise they’re begging to go back to touch.

 

Position: Tighthead

Scrummaging: Terrifying

Ball carrying: People bounce off her

Penalty count: 430,291 (this year)

Special skill: Causes more injuries to her own team in the scrum than the whole of KCL put together.

Chantel Lui

Don’t fooled by our resident Canadian’s adorable smile; this little munchkin is excellent at turning over balls in the scrum and will take out KCL players aplenty, even if she does then apologise for the inconvenience.

Position: Hooker

Lipstick: On point

Smiling: Always

Fun fact: Can communicate using only punctuation.

Shocking fact: Has been to see One Direction four times. 

Katie Keen

Katie plays rugby pretty well for someone who can usually be found captaining KCLs Volleyball team. Look at those quads though.

Position: Prop/Outside hitter

Handling: Successfully transitioned from hitting the ball to catching it

Spiking: Only when provoked

Fun fact: Rumoured to be the bod in ‘that’ GHRFC tie pic. 

Rachel Morse

Rachel is so busy jetting around all over Europe that we couldn’t even get her down for a photo. It’s okay, we still love her.

Position: No.8/Second row

Tackling: Large

Scrummage: Enthusiastic

Special skills: Running around the pitch with an utterly confused look on her face (she’s not confused, we think it’s a ploy)

Teona Serafimova

Some say she’s more machine than human and that instead of sleeping she just needs to be charged in NHH for 30 minutes. All we know is she’s not concussed, what are you talking about, her head didn’t even touch the floor it’s completely fine.

Position: Second row

Aggression: Unmatched

Acceleration: She really tries

Fun fact: During her stint as Captain Teona once gave a team talk so aggressive the other team wet themselves and went home.

Louise Aaron (Captain)

Whilst relatively new to the beautiful game, Keen Louise has taken it in her stride. Known for her motivational (borderline aggressive) team talks and unparalleled dedication to Guys Bar, she doesn’t believe in hesitation, ‘injuries’, or concussions for that matter.

Position: Flanker

Tackling: “Lower. LOWER. GET F***ING LOW”

Handling: Shockingly inconsistent

Pace: She’s overly proud of it

Special skills: Encyclopaedic knowledge of the men’s rugby team. 

Efstratia Papoutselou

Tia is cradling the ball like a baby because the ball is hers. She loves the ball. Do not try to take her ball. She will not let you have the ball. She feels similarly about Parmesan.

Position: Flanker/Hooker

Tackling: Kamikaze

English: Passable

Special skill: Tia’s low centre of gravity and absolute disregard for her own safety means she could probably tackle a wall and win.

Kimberly Walsh

Don’t be fooled by her ‘10-era K number, this old girl is still solid as a rock and determined to smash through some KCL girls to prove it.

Position: No.8

Ball carrying: Epic

Passing: What does this word mean?

Favourite move: Gin ball gin ball gin ball

Special skill: Pioneer of the ‘pony-tail tackle’ a dangerous but effective move that will get you carded 50-100% of the time.

Josephine Smith

New to the squad this year Phine lives, breathes and makes love to rugby. Known for her backchat and zero-tolerance policy on being in the channel, she has the makings of the perfect 9.

 

Position: Scrum-half/reverse cowgirl

Passing: Challenging

Thinks she plays like: Johnny Wilkinson

Actually plays like: Richie McCaw

Fun fact: Was once told by a ref to ‘look up integrity in the dictionary.’

Emma Cochrane

An intercalator from Birmingham Emma has taken a break from Netball to try her hand at rugby. She is very shy and will not do the worm if you ask her and has also never stolen food from somewhere that rhymes with Buys Gar.

Position: Fly-Half

Handling: Velcro

Agility: Very good at handstands

Fun fact: Her tour name this year was ‘Vegetable abuser’. Make of that what you will.

Circé La Mache

Don’t let this pretty face fool you; on the pitch Circé is about as friendly as she is when you point out she’s not actually from France.

Position: Inside Centre

Tackling: Ridiculously fierce, not sure how she manages it

Pace: Also quite impressive

Viable ankles:  ½

Special skills: Tearing up the dance floor despite the highest injury count GKTWRFC has ever seen.

Raphaelle Debray

Raph’s sprinting Bambi impressions are in fact an elaborate scheme to make the opposition underestimate her, along with pretending she doesn’t understand the ref. Hors jeu what now?

Position: Centre/Fly half

Kicking: Everywhar dahling

Pace: Considerable

Special skill: Consuming enough vin to flatten Martin Johnson.

Sasha Cutten

Sasha rocked up to training one day in trainers and leggings having never played rugby and proceeded to become the squad’s top try scorer within 3 matches. We’re a bit jealous really.

Position: Winger

Pace: Generally we just watch her run it down the field

Try count: Very high

Ability to safely put the ball over the line: Non-existent

Special skills: Usain Bolt impression/back-chatting every ref ever.

Rachel King

This honorary GKT girl has firmly cemented her place on the team and in Guys Bar. The ultimate utility, she’s a Prop who jumps in the line-out and occasionally drops to the wing. We like that.

Position: Winger/any other position on the pitch that takes her fancy

Footwork: Tasty

Choice in men: Questionable

Special skills: Putting up with Tom Francis.

Anna Kessler

Another ex-Captain and solid Full-back, Anna enjoys people getting past her about as much as she enjoys Brexit and the gender pay gap.

Position: Full back

Tackles: Morally better than yours

Tinder date to training attendance ratio: 100000:1

Fun fact: Has a phobia of bananas which will never ever (ever) get old,

Subs 

Elsa Desmond

New to the club this year we think Elsa likes us, although her hair braiding technique is so painful we’re not sure.

 

Position: Prop/Second row

Ball carrying: Textbook

Ability to stick to one sport: 0

Guns: Out

Special Skills: Sliding around on her back in skin tight lycra. Ask her about it.

Rhea Randhawa

Relatively fresh to the squad, Rhea is quickly proving herself and has succeeded in being the only girl to take it literally when we tell her to fall on the ball (this is a good thing).

Position: Winger

Pace: Spicy

Panicking: Reduced

Special skills: Not speaking Punjabi.

Charlotte Palmer

Having picked up a rugby ball for the first time this year Charlotte is looking less like she’s going to be sick on the pitch every week.

Position: Outside Centre

Catching: Ace, almost like she’s played a lot of netball

Passing: Shocking, almost like she’s played a lot of netball

Fun fact: That is in fact exactly how you hold a rugby ball (not).

Nyimasata Sanyang

Despite the fact it’s her last Macadam, Nyima couldn’t quite make it to photos, even when threatened with a number of embarrassing Chicken Cottage photos. Unfortunately we’re too scared of retribution from our beloved former social sec so we’ll go with this slightly more flattering one.

Position: 2nd Row/Flanker

Ball carrying: Casual

Time-keeping: Casual at best

Special skills: Taking extra special care of one lucky Welsh fresher boy on tour. 

Laurel Dunne

This Fijian warrior just can’t get enough of GKT and is never allowed to leave (although her favourite bev is an Amaretto and pineapple which is frankly just ridiculous and we judge her for it).

Position: Flanker

Tackling: Definition of flying Fijian

Encounters with Mormons: 1

Fun fact: Laurel’s mum (hi Marj) once forced her back on the pitch following an injury becauseFIJIANS DON’T GIVE UP’.

Georgia Rodaway

Georgia joined the squad last year and has been a solid utility forward ever since, but is probably better known for her exploits off the pitch. None of which we can mention here because of the injunctions.

Position: Prop/Second row

Scrummaging: Solid even when injured

Taste in men: Non-specific

 Autobiographical quote: “Working her way through a team near you”.

Freya Gamlen

Despite smashing 4th year, looking after other people’s children, feeding a team of hungry rugby girls and commuting from who knows where, Freya still makes every training session and match with a smile on her face and a box of cookies.

 

Position: Winger/2nd row

Happiness on the wing: 1/10

Happiness in the scrum: 11/10

Special skills: Master baker extraordinaire and literally the nicest person you’ll ever meet.

Rhy Ward:

When not on the pitch, Rhy can be found taking some of the many wonderful photos you’ve seen of GKT this year. Including all the gurning ones.

 

Position: 2nd Row

Tackling: Most improved

Unflattering photos of other people tackling: Too many

 Special skills: Looking after all of biomed and generally being an all-round lovely human.

Saba “Tackle of the year” Zainab

The lovely Saba has recently perfected the tactic of looking all innocent and sweet, then smashing out an epic takedown when you least expect it.

Position: Centre/Winger

Tackling: Pleasantly surprising

Patience: Seemingly infinite

Special skills: Coping with 30 rugby girls asking for random bits of travel reimbursement four weeks late with no receipts, and not complaining about it once.

Claudia Watts (Captain)

Due to geographical issues (Macadam week is the perfect time for a ski trip) our other captain hasn’t made the line-up. However, given that she’s done a pretty good job this year we couldn’t really leave her out…

Position: Full back/Centre + occasional Flanker

Tackling: Overly aggressive

Feelings towards rucking: So much love it’s a bit weird

Fun Fact: Is able to pee in a cup at the back of a moving coach. Is unable to keep said pee in the cup and will be remembered for this forever.

Injured

Emily Pelton

Undisputed Queen of Sass, Vice-Captain Emily is gutted to be out with a nasty ankle injury. Don’t worry though; she’ll be the loudest, most American voice cheering from the side-line.

Position: Hooker

Opposition shins broken in the scrum: 26

Fun fact: Emily once had to sub off because her mucus was triggering her gag reflex.

Josephine Eum

Another new girl, Jo was taking part in a fantastic 87-0 win when she decided she’d had enough and broke her metatarsal. This was potentially made worse by a dodgy piggy back off the pitch (sorry Jo).

Position: Winger

Pace: Currently 0.2 mph hopping

Special skills: Jo has a giggle that makes opposition teams stop running and give her the ball because it’s so cute.

Eliza Adriani

Potentially there was an injury a while ago but we’ve forgotten and are now convinced Eliza is just taking a sabbatical year to become a yogi.

Position: With Ted

Gin delivery: On point

Gin consumption: Terrible

Special skills: Social Sec extraordinaire, voluntary Adidas promotions rep, underwear alcohol smuggler

The match is taking place on Wednesday 29th March, at Honor Oak Park Sports Ground. No need to purchase tickets, just come and watch the match at 4pm. 

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