Tough test in store for women’s team

Coach Kurt Williams believes Swansea’s women will learn from a tough season which ended with relegation to the Western 2A division.

He is hopeful they can learn from this and take a new found belief into Wednesday’s Varsity game.

Swansea women’s season started brightly with two quick victories over their rivals Cardiff before the winter break.

But their form took a turn for the worse after Christmas as the side lost two important foreign exchange players, and could not recover the form they once had.

But Williams has remained positive and will continue to work hard with the squad before the big game at the Welsh Institute of Sport.

Williams said: “Despite relegation, there has been rapid improvement recently.

“And returning to the division below will be a lot more balanced and competitive for the returning players next year.”

Despite the strong victories over Cardiff at the start of the season, Williams believes the Varsity game will be a tough match for the team.

He said: “It is always intimidating playing Cardiff, as they are a very experienced side.

“Despite this, at last year’s Varsity we managed to pull off a shock victory.

“The result was unprecedented, coming from behind to secure a fantastic 65-53 victory.

“We can also take confidence from our two victories over Cardiff already this season.

“However, it will be very tough for us this year.

“Cardiff will be confident coming into the game despite these early season victories for us.

“One advantage of having played them three times already this year is that we know how they play and we are focusing on this in training.

“We have to remain composed and disciplined when under pressure if we are to break up their play and prevent needless fouls.”

Williams believes the crowd will help to spur the Swansea girls on ahead of the game.

He added: “The girls will be very nervous ahead of the game, support from the Swansea fans will help massively to build their confidence.

“Varsity will be a great experience to build upon for next season.”

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