Rugby: Tonbridge Juddians sit pretty at top – men and women

    FRONT LINE (L-R) TJ Pink Ladies’ Angela Ray, Stephanie Rukin and Katie Hall scrum down Photo: Adam Hookway

    TONBRIDGE Juddians ended last year on a high, with the men’s 1st and 2nd XVs and the Pink Ladies all top of their respective leagues.

    The Firsts lead National Three London & South-East by a point from Wimbledon and have lost just once while their rivals have suffered two defeats.

    Wimbledon have to go to fourth-placed Hertford this Saturday, which will prove a stern test for them, and then face TJs on January 21. The season looks set to go right to the wire.

    Tonbridge Juddians can also look forward to contesting the Kent Cup Final against Blackheath at Canterbury RFC on April 30.

    The Seconds have also been defeated just once in his campaign and sit on top of the Zoo Sports Shield and Division Three South this season after winning back to back titles in Kent Invicta One.

    TJs’ Pink Ladies lead Old Albanians by a point in the Women’s Championship SE2 and they travel to St Albans next weekend for what should prove to be a crunch game.

    The squad have benefited from additional sponsorship this season, with Pink Lady Apples joining Ellis & Co with their backing.

    This has also encouraged the development of a girls’ section for players aged from 10 to 18 as the club look to the future.

    The senior Men’s Third XV are also faring well, and currently lie in second place in Kent Premier Two, just two points behind leaders Thanet with a game in hand.

    TJs will be hoping that this one goes to the wire as they do not face Thanet until the penultimate fixture of the season.

    There are plenty of hurdles to overcome before then as each week sees at least one side throw the form book out of the window.