The Cooma Fillies kicked off the 2014 season in style, taking out the Eden Tigerettes 54-0 on Sunday in Eden. With the team training since early February and following an interrupted pre-season competition, the game was a long awaited test of the capabilities of this new look Fillies squad.
The Fillies lost the toss and set to receive the ball from the opening kick off, proving to be the last flaw in an otherwise well executed game. From the get-go, the girls proved enthusiastic in attack and defence, nullifying Eden's attack and challenging with every attacking play. Abby Schofield opened the scoring with a shimmy through the defenders beginning a onslaught of tries before the elusive Monique Ingram propelled the Fillies towards further points, making the first of many line breaks and finding Tash Stewart in support to score under the posts with only five minutes gone in the match. Through the destructive boot of Maree Ingram and with Abby Schofield and Patrice Ingram leading the team around the park, the Fillies had room to move, with Sue Morgan and Trina Brownlie making good meters, while Emma Sullivan and Marni Moreing kept Eden at bay with well timed tags. Anna Steel extended the lead, storming through defenders to score, before Alana Nichols made a solid return to the Fillies, finishing a masterful passage of play which saw the ball travel through five sets of hands with a clear try. At half time, the score read 24-0 and placed the Fillies positively for the second passage of play.
The second half continued in similar fashion to the first, with errors at crucial moments preventing Eden from completing their sets which provided the Fillies with attacking opportunities in good field position. Abby Schofield shone in attack, continuously evading defenders, while Meg Bracher was outstanding at fullback, capping off a great performance with a 100m try. However, it was the defence of Georgie Clarke and Chloe Murphy which set the stage for the Fillies' success, with both players quashing Eden's hopes of making their own mark on the scoreboard. Murphy was rewarded with a try of her own, crossing on the flanks to extend the lead. Kristy Nichols was unlucky not to score after chasing a perfectly weighted kick by Maree Ingram, but impressed with her support play throughout the game, while Kayla Jamieson and May Peck both made essential meters and facilitated the attacking plays of Schofield and all three Ingram sisters, with Maree, Abby and Patrice all scoring to round out the match.
With the score rounding out at 54-0, the Fillies are off to a great start to the 2014 season. Players' player went to was the defensive wonder Chloe Murphy, 3 points went to star playmaker Abby Schofield, 2 points to line-break expert Monique Ingram and 1 point was shared by tagging machine Georgie Clarke and the ever-present and supportive Tash Stewart.
On Sunday for round 2, the Fillies take on the Moruya Sharkettes at the Cooma Showground in what is sure to be a great display of the strength of the Leaguetag competition.
Cooma Fillies 54 (A. Schofield, 2, P. Ingram, 2, M. Ingram, T. Stewart, A. Steel, A. Nichols, C. Murphy, M. Bracher tries; M. Ingram, 5, A. Schofield goals) def. Eden Tigerettes 0