Despite their 29-0 debut defeat, Scarborough Valkyries captain Cathy-Ann Myers is excited about the team’s future - starting with their second game against Workington on Sunday.
The fledgling Valkyries were seen off by a stronger and more experienced Barnsley side in front of a hefty crowd at Silver Royd on Saturday, but Myers is looking to take the positives from their first game into Sunday’s clash at Silver Royd.
Myers said: “I don’t think anyone enjoyed the result but we loved getting out there and playing together.
“They were definitely bigger, but it was our inexperience rather than their size which beat us. Which can only be expected really.
“Major learning points were not to over-comit to rucks on defence, because we were often caught short when they moved the ball to the wings.
“Attack-wise we need to concentrate on running forward and gaining ground and taking tackles if necessary.
“We’ve played them (Workington) in the 10s tournament, they were a physically strong team and definitely our toughest opponents on the day.
“Points on the board would be great, a win would be fantastic, but to come off the field knowing we’ve played as well as we can is paramount.”
Myers, who is a dietician at Scarborough Hospital having moved from Kerry in Ireland, is using her skills from playing gaelic football to help her adapt to rugby union.
Myers added: “I’ve played some tag rugby, but Gaelic football was my main passion at home. Some of the skills are easily transferable though.
“I wasn’t too happy with my own performance because I know I can do much better, so I’m definitely out to make more of an impact this weekend.
“The support we got was phenomenal and the feedback afterwards showed people take us seriously as a team.
“We’re hoping there will be just as good a turnout and that we can really give them something to cheer about this weekend.”