Semi-finals approaching in Gill Burns Women’s County Champs

  • 26 county sides taking part across Division One and Division Two tiers
  • Finals to be held at Richmond on Sunday, 28 May

The final round of pool matches will be played in the Gill Burns Women’s County Championships this weekend before the semi-finals take place on 28st May. 

This year’s competition, which was renamed earlier in the season, consists of 26 teams with 16 competing in Division One and 10 in Division Two. Both finals will be held at Richmond on Sunday, 28 May.

Surrey aiming to defend title

Surrey were crowned winners of the inaugural competition last May, defeating Lancashire 32-17 at Twickenham Stoop and have started their campaign well. 

The defending champions began with a 25-5 win over Berkshire before beating Devon 48-7. The two bonus-point wins put them at the top of Pool 4 with a draw against Gloucestershire this weekend enough to put them in the semi-finals. 

Lancashire look for revenge 

Last year’s beaten finalists Lancashire look likely candidates for a repeat appearance in the final after two comprehensive bonus-point wins over Cumbria and Northumberland,

They take on Durham this weekend and should they win will face either Yorkshire or Staffordshire in the semi-finals, depending on who wins between the two sides this Saturday. 

Meanwhile Kent are in prime position to reach the next stage of the competition with two wins from two. A win over East Midlands at Gillingham will secure their place. 

Teams chase inaugural Division Two success 

This season will see the inaugural Division Two final with 10 sides competing in two pools, the winning side from each pool will meet in the final. 

It is proving a tight in the race to reach Richmond with Hampshire and Hertfordshire both tied on 10 points. The two teams will meet each other during the final round of fixtures on 21st May, a potential winner takes all match. 

In Pool 2 Leicestershire have taken firm control, winning all three of their opening games including a 23-25 win over second-placed Eastern Counties.

Image courtesy of Richard V Isaacs and Hampshire RFU.