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Weekly Women’s Sports News – February 8

February 8, 2016

In an action packed week of sport Elise Christie, Natalie Powell and Sally Conway picked up medals at the speedskating World Cup and Paris Gland Slam Judo respectively. In rugby the 6Nations got underway with impressive wins for Ireland and England and in South Africa Englands Cricket team won a wether hit ODI.

Above: Sally Conway

Speedskating: Elise Christie wis two medals at World Cup
Elise Christie completed a superb weekend in Dresden by doubling her medal tally, although she admitted she will go away with plenty to work on.The 25-year-old followed her 1500m gold-medal winning performance with a silver in what was a tough 500m final.  Full story via TeamGB
Rugby 6Nations: England too strong for much improved Scotland
Harriet Millar-Mills scored twice as England beat Scotland 32-0 in the opening round of the Women’s Six Nations Championship in Cumbernauld, Glasgow. Scotland put together a much better performance than they have in recent years at Cumbernauld, but a well-drilled England were still too strong. Full story via ScrumQueens
Rugby 6Nations: Ireland begin defence of title with win over Wales
Ireland got their 6 Nations defence off to a flying start with a 21-3 over Wales. Ireland were clinical in the first half with tries from Sene Naoupu and Sophie Spence, with the only Welsh points coming from Robyn Wilkins.
Tennis: Naomi Broady wins ITF tournamnet in the US
British number three Naomi Broady will break into the world’s top 100 for the first time after winning an ITF tournament in the United States.The 25-year-old from Stockport beat American wildcard Robin Anderson 6-7 (6-8) 6-0 6-2 in the final of the Dow Corning Tennis Classic in Michigan. Full story via the BBC

Tennis: GB’s Fed Cup hopes ended by Belgium
Fed Cup captain Judy Murray insists Great Britain’s World Group II play-off disappointment will only spur the team to come back stronger next year.

After victories over South Africa and Georgia earlier in the week, Great Britain took on Belgium knowing a victory would see them into April’s World Group II play-off. Full story via TeamGB

Judo: Natalie Powell and Sally Conway win Gold and Bronze respectively in Paris
Commonwealth champion Natalie Powell has won bronze at judo’s Paris Grand Slam. The 25 year-old from Merthyr Tydfil beat her British -78kg rival Gemma Gibbons in the head-to-head in France.

Powell’s first Grand Slam medal will give her a further rankings boost over Gibbons as she bids to be Team GB’s sole -78kg representative at the Rio Olympics in August. Scotland’s Sally Conway also won bronze in the -70kg class. Full story via the BBC

Cricket: England women beat South Africa in weather-hit ODI
Thunder, lightning and rain could not stop England from beating South Africa in their first one-day international under new coach Mark Robinson.

Opener Trisha Chetty hit 90 for the Proteas after they won the toss in Benoni, but Anya Shrubsole’s 4-29 helped England bowl them out for 196. The weather twice halted the tourists’ reply at 63-2 and 120-3.

But when it relented, they comfortably reached their Duckworth/Lewis target of 150 with six-and-a-half overs to spare. Full story via the BBC

Skeleton: Laura Deas finishes 5th st St Moritz World Cup
Wrexham star Laura Deas warmed up for the World Championships with a fifth-place finish in the latest round of Skeleton World Cup action in St Moritz on Friday afternoon.

Deas, who won the season opener in Altenberg and picked up a bronze medal in Lake Placid last month, recorded a time of 2 minutes 22.87 seconds on the world’s only natural ice track to finish 0.38 seconds behind race winner Janine Flock. Full story via Wales Online

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