‘Best birthday present ever’ as Calvert makes Yorkshire debut

Driffield Ladies star Alice Calvert hailed her debut for Yorkshire as the ‘best birthday present ever’.

The winger turned 22 two days after making her debut for the White Rose against Cumbria.

Calvert played the full 80 minutes at Upper Eden in Yorkshire’s convincing 45-12 victory.

The experience that I haven’t gained with Yorkshire has no doubt made me a better player and spurred me on for next season with Driffield

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She told the Wolds Weekly: “I was chuffed to get the opportunity to represent Yorkshire and also to play the 80 minutes.

“I didn’t manage to score, as I was held up over the line, which was frustrating, but I enjoyed the whole experience.

“I learnt a lot and did things during the game which I’ve not done before such as rucking and clearance kicking and receiving.

“I also spent a bit of time defending, something I don’t do much for Driffield.

“We only found out about the Cumbria match at fairly short notice and it was two days before my birthday, which was fantastic. It was the best birthday present ever.”

Calvert’s prolific try scoring record – 34 in 26 games for Driffield – was what earned her a call-up to the Yorkshire squad.

However, when she missed out on selection for the games with Northumberland and Lancashire, she was left disappointed and thought she had missed her opportunity to play.

“I was one of a few who hadn’t played in the matches against Northumberland or Lancashire, so we were all pretty devastated,” Calvert explained.

“Yorkshire then stepped in to play Cumbria after Oxfordshire dropped out at short notice and there was the chance for the rest of us to play.

“I was desperately hoping to start and to play the full game, which I did, whilst the coaches said that our performance was the most structured out of the three games Yorkshire played.

“They are always looking ahead too and thinking about next year’s squad and I feel like I learnt a lot from the experience and really hope I am in the squad again.”

Calvert added that she cannot wait to return to pre-season training with Driffield and believes that she has become a better player during her time with Yorkshire.

“The experience that I haven’t gained with Yorkshire has no doubt made me a better player and spurred me on for next season with Driffield,” she added.

“I will be returning to pre-season with more confidence in my capabilities too and with new dimensions added to my game.

“Having been coached by and trained with people from a higher level, I can’t wait to show what I can do at Driffield every other week come September.”

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