A brace of tries by Charlotte Pirie ensured Colwyn Bay secured a hard fought 15-12 victory over Waterloo in their second game of the season.
In usual form the Bay couldn't get the phases and handling together at the start, and it was only some great last-ditch tackling that prevented Waterloo from scoring in the first quarter, which was played with the Mermaids one player down as Elin Royle was late arriving.
The second quarter showed more promise from the home team, with moves from the likes of the captain, Alaw Hughes and Royle kick-starting the rest of the team into action. Despite this, Waterloo managed to exploit the few defensive weaknesses of Colwyn Bay for Kayleigh Southerland to score a try with an impressive move, with Jenny Carney adding the conversion.
This spurred the hosts on, and some positive moves off the back of an ever-improving scrum eventually led to a try. Scrum-half Kaya Harding passed out to Gwen Harries who slipped the ball out to new Mermaid Pirie, attacking from full-back to cross the line.
This seemed to give the Bay the incentive they needed, and soon they were playing an open, attacking brand of rugby. Following breaks from the backline and great support play from the forwards, Waterloo found themselves pinned in their own 22, and after impressive side-stepping through the defence, support play from Kumari Tilakawardane brought the second try to put Colwyn Bay into the lead.
With the score almost equal the play evened out, and there were some ferocious tackles to halt both teams' progress. Bay were unlucky not to score on a number of other occasions.
A mistake out wide from the Bay resulted in Waterloo advancing to the try-line. The home team managed to drive the opposition back for a few phases, but eventually the inevitable push came on and Waterloo were leading 12-10 after Jade Hambury touched down.
Colwyn Bay's heads did not go down, however - they came back at Waterloo even more determined than before. Gradually working their way downfield, the Mermaids managed to get the ball to the Waterloo 22, for Royle to sprint past two defenders and offload to Pirie for her second try of the game, putting Colwyn Bay into the lead - 15-12.
The last three minutes of play were tense for all Bay supporters, as Waterloo kicked over the top of the Bay defence line and it was body-on-the-line stuff for the remainder of the game, before Hughes kicked the ball out to end the game.
Another all-round good performance from the Mermaids resulted in their second win in two weeks. Waterloo voted Beards their player of the match, while the Colwyn Bay/Gogledd Cymru coaching team gave their accolade to Gwen Harries.
Nearly 40 players were involved in the first Wales Under 18 training session of the season. WRU National Performance Manager Gethin Watts is excited at the potential shown by the group and expects the Regional Under 18 Championship to hone their skills even further.