CASSY LAWSON: BLACK AND WHITE STARLET
Passionate about Rugby League, Cassy Lawson (forward for Hull FC Ladies) has achieved a lot with the Black and Whites in recent times.
Due to both club and individual success, Cassy was recently selected to represented Yorkshire Ladies. Lawson also formerly coached Hull All Blacks under 6's and 8's before switching roles to a playing role with F.C. The talented forward has shown a lot of promise, I recently caught up with Cassy to discuss her rugby journey and future plans in the sport. Here’s what Cassy had to say to GRM SPORT:
How did you start to enjoy Rugby League in your childhood?
“ I was doing all kind of hobbies as a kid dancing, judo, ice skating and I couldn’t stick at one. My brother played Rugby and I liked playing with him so went down to West Hull girls, it was my first team sport and I loved it!
When did you sign on for Hull FC' Ladies team and what position do you play?
” I signed on for the team during the summer of 2018 after playing a game for charity for one of the West Hull girls children. I didn’t plan on going back to play rugby. I can either play prop or second row.
The 2018 season was a successful season for you as you picked up the Hull F.C Woman Of Steel award, how honoured did you feel to pick up such a prestigious award as this?
“ Oh my days I was so shocked! I really didn’t expect the girls to pick me for it. I saw my role as a forward to go out there and and perform as expected, the younger smaller girls who step up and play up the middle with us all are my women of steel, but yeah I was really chuffed with it!
You have represented the Yorkshire women's team on several occasions, when was your first call up for the squad and how did it feel to stick on the jersey?
” I was first selected in 2005 and it was a real honour. I definitely understand and appreciate it more now though than I did then, getting selected for Yorkshire last year after 9 years out was a real moment for me. There is such competition across the championship and we all take so much pride in representing Yorkshire.
Most recently, You we're selected for Yorkshire once again but this time you was also named vice-captain of the squad, how did you feel to be given this role?
”Again, it was another massive honour. I definitely felt the pressure though, especially with us comfortably beating Lancashire last year. We had great leadership last year under Lisa Taylor and I really didn’t want that not to be the case this year.
Finally, given the success you have had for both club and county, what are your aims and objectives moving forwards in your career?
“ To just keep developing really, I only came back for fun and fitness in the beginning but after winning WOS and being selected for Yorkshire it’s really given me the confidence to want to push further and get better. Women’s rugby has come on so far and there is some real opportunities now Hull is really catching up with the women’s game now too. It’s great to see KR starting a team and I am keen to see these developments continue and to hopefully have the pathways and infrastructure that the women’s sport has Leeds, Castleford & Bradford area.