The Cooma Fillies’ season ended devastatingly on Sunday, going down in the Grand Final 6-4 to the Bega Chicks and ending their winning streak. The score reflects the intense battle between the two teams and although the Fillies were first to score through Alana Nichols, who ran beautifully off a pass from older sister Kristy, the tussle went in favour of the home side and they triumphed over the Fillies for the first time ever in the game that counts.
The opening stages of the match cemented the Fillies on the back foot.
Although the Nichols’ combination and opening points had the Fillies in front early, Bega’s multiple sets within the Fillies 20m tested the defence of the Minor Premiers.
Through the quick reflexes of Georgina Clarke, Kirrily Carberry, Jade Lee and Monique Ingram, Bega were unable to capitalise on their possession. Line breaks from Tracy Frazer and Patrice Ingram presented some opportunities for the girls, while Cassandra Pinner and Sheila Sillery defended with gusto. The Fillies were unlucky that some 50/50 decisions went against them and put them under greater pressure, but their energy and enthusiasm never waivered and they held the opposition out for the entire first half.
The attack of Anna Steel and the kicking game of Maree Ingram and Alicia Bolton allowed the Fillies to be competitive and tested Bega’s backline. Jade Lee was wrapped up early by the Bega defenders, nullifying her usual explosive attack, while Brianna Von Der Burg tagged well on the flanks.
Meg Bracher was unlucky not to score early in the second half, as a tag was ruled to have been made earlier in the set, and although Maree presented the Fillies with a great attacking opportunity in the form of a 40/20, communication between the referees denied the Cooma side the chance. Off the back of these questionable decisions, Bega’s Tegan Mundy made a break and scored under the posts. With Joccoaa Roger’s conversion, it put the Chicks ahead on the scoreboard and with energy levels dwindling, the Fillies were unable to hit back.
Points in this final game were awarded to Patrice Ingram, 1, Alana Nichols, 2, and Alicia Bolton, 3, with Meg Bracher awarded Players’ player.
Although the game on Sunday did not go the way of the Fillies, it does not detract from the fact that they had been the dominant team in the competition this year and their success all season reflected their hard work and dedication.
The Fillies would like to thank their sponsors, Mainstreet Clothing, Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy and Brian Geach Electrical for their continued support in 2013. To the supporters, thank you for travelling to Bega and for the enthusiasm on the sideline all year.
Finally, the Fillies would not be the successful team they are without Coach Craig Schofield. Thank you for the late night training, the inspirational pep talks, the Fillies couldn’t do it without you. Bring on 2014.