WITH the Group 16 LeagueTag season looming, a selected group of the Cooma Fillies participated in the inaugural North vs South representative game as the curtain raiser to the Group 16 Indigenous Dream Team vs Group 16 All Stars game in Batemans Bay on Sunday.
Along with Coach Craig Schofield, the selected Fillies, Maree Ingram, Monique Ingram, Jade Lee, Jane Peadon, Abby Schofield, Meg Bracher, Kayla Jamieson, Tash Stewart and Anna Steel were joined in the 'South Side' team by Merimbula's Larissa Larkham, Karli Toms and Jordon Parkes, with Mardi Longford, Jemma Danzers and Katrina Lackey from Eden rounding out the team.
The girls took on the best of Narooma, Moruya and Bega who represented the 'North Side' on what was a warm day on the coast.
The League-tag 'South Side' were triumphant on the day, winning 16-8 in what was a fierce and physical match.
Meg Bracher shone at fullback before being injured quashing a North Side line break, with her capable replacement, Kayla Jamieson putting her body on the line and holding firm as the last line of defence.
Abby Schofield played the halves role with ease, setting up the first try of the match to Merimbula's Karli Toms out wide, and narrowly missing the conversion.
Her halves partner, Maree Ingram, indefatigably defended and punished the North Side with her kicks, catching fullback Joccoaa Rodgers unawares on multiple occasions.
Despite their continued efforts, the North Side could not keep Maree down.
For every bump she took, South Side enforcers Georgie Clarke, Jane Peadon and Mardi Longford made them pay, stunting their attack with back-to-back tags and limiting their meters gained to within 10.
Maree, however, got the last laugh, crossing in the second half under the posts to extend the South Side lead, before Jade "Freight Train" Lee stormed past the fullback to cement the score at 16-4.
Monique Ingram, Tash Stewart and Anna Steel worked hard across the park to keep the team on track, while Jordan Parkes, Larissa Larkham, Jemma Danzers and Katrina Lackey made good meters and reinforced the South Side defensive line, which was steady in the face of some strong attack from the North Side.
A lucky bounce saw the North Side hit back on the final siren, but it was not enough, and the formidable South Side team prevailed.
From this game, an invitational 11 was selected as representatives of Group 16 LeagueTag's best and brightest.
Seven girls from the South Side team were chosen, with six of them Cooma Fillies.
Congratulations to Maree Ingram, Abby Schofield, Jade Lee, Georgie Clarke, Tash Stewart and Kayla Jamieson, and to Eden's Mardi Longford on their selection.