Girls Match Report

1 August 2018

After their terrific performance in their first tournament, the girl’s went into their 2nd big outing with a fair bit of confidence, despite being a couple of numbers down.

Their first opponents were Macquarie Uni (whom they had beat in the Semi’s the tournament before) and we started in style with Charlotte MacNamara scoring from the kick-off. A bit of see-saw scoring then occurred with the girls eventually going into the the next game 4 tries to 2 winners. The next game saw us vs Briars (whom we had played previously at Southern Districts) – this game was a bit of wakeup as Briar’s had obviously done some recruiting with a fend to the face being a feature of their game. A good lesson into why we probably need to tackle around the legs, with a number of our chicks coming into half-time with ‘slap-cheek’. Anyway after a dose of Mick Spurr ‘toughen up’ the girls ran away with the game. The girls then were drawn to play Uni of NSW in the Semi’s but after they sustained a number of injuries of their own - forfeited. We then played a trial game v mixed team of Div. 1 girls as a big warm up for the final.

By this time the Winter Sun had baked the cricket pitch area (in the middle) harder than a Pat Hunt smile, with cracks bigger than a Marty Dillon Annual Meeting Speech.

Nevertheless the girl’s were cherry ripe for the final, despite losing one of our nos. (Jess) to injury. Hunters Hill were our opponents who seemed to have numbers almost double to our squad. Again the game was see-sawing affair with Charlotte scoring her tenth try for the day and Sarah Bell again scoring a great chip-chase try. This game could have gone either way but in the end the girl’s were just spent, ending the tournament with just one spare. Hunters Hill going onto the beat us 3 tries to 2. A great effort by the girls special mentions to our own Red-Haired Flash – Charlotte who was the top try-scorer in our division, Sarah’s non-stop running both in defence and in attack (Kick chases were a highlight), Nikki’s defence, Layne’s work in the line-out and Maggie’s constitution backing up after a big-night with a big effort in each game. All the girl’s contributed in their own way – all had a chance to run with the pig-skin and challenge the opposition in defence. The traditional Itch is now done with perfection. 

I feel if we were to play with a full deck at the next tournament, we will be hard to stop.

Big thanks to Mick Spurr and all the Lea family for the their support. Particularly Mick and Bluey for their efforts at training whilst I was away – thanks.