Ex-Prescot Pupil Smashes Her Way to Rugby Win
An ex-Prescot School pupil helped secure cup final victory for her rugby team on Sunday 20 April.
Prop forward Emma Beck, 35, has played for Rochdale-based women’s team Whitworth Warriors since 2012, after a seven-year hiatus from the game.
The Warriors beat Rochdale Hornets Ladies 50-8 at Featherstone on Sunday, seizing the much-coveted WARLA Women’s Rugby League Challenge Cup.
“I do all the hard work in the middle, smashing people to get the ball up the pitch so we can score,” Emma told Prescot Online.
“I’ve always loved rugby since being very young, as my dad worked at St Helens Rugby Club, so I was taken to every match from the age of three,” she continued. “At 16, I started to work for the club myself.”
Emma has recently had three major operations. Helping take her team to the final meant so much to her, she went against her doctor’s advice and played the semi-final only a week after surgery.
She benefited from personal training from Saints RFC players Francis Meli and Sia Soliola, who she says is “like an adopted brother.”
“It’s a massive achievement,” she said, reflecting on the weekend, “and it’s the ultimate prize to win in the league. I’m so proud to win the cup. It means everything to me, and I’m still buzzing from Sunday.”
Emma attended Eccleston Lane Ends Primary before Prescot School, and now lives in St Helens.
She has played for St Helens Scorpions and Widnes Vikings, among other teams, and plays every year for Lancashire, along with many of her Warriors teammates.
Photos: Mark Beck & Lee Ollerenshaw