The Cooma Fillies have continued their positive start to the 2014 season with a 38-0 win over the Moruya Sharkettes in cold and blustery weather at the Cooma Showground on Sunday afternoon.
While the score reflects Cooma's dominance throughout the match, it in no way suggests how hard fought the result was, with Moruya forcing the Fillies to dig deep to get away with the win.
The first half saw the game oscillate between the two teams, with the Sharkettes putting pressure on the Fillies in both attack and defence, while the Fillies veered away from their game plan in stages of the game and could not capitalise on opportunities that presented themselves in the early stages of the game.
The explosive running of Jane Peadon propelled the Fillies forward, and Meg Bracher combined with Kayla Jamieson on the flanks in an attempt to charge through, but it wasn't until the 15th minute that the first points were scored, with Maree Ingram storming through the line to cross under the posts.
Moruya held strong and put pressure on the Fillies, forcing some minor errors, but the Fillies regrouped well, with Monique Ingram and Kristy Nichols taking some powerful hit-ups, while Chloe Murphy, Rebecca Robson and Marni Moreing defended the Fillies stronghold on the game.
Mere minutes before the final whistle, a loose ball on the Fillies 30m line was picked up cleanly by Kirrily Carberry, who raced the length and out sped the full back to score her first try in three seasons, rounding the score out at an attainable lead of 10-0 at half time.
In the second half, a resolute Fillies side took to the field, determined to improve on their first half performance, and they did not disappoint. Playmaker Abby Schofield took control of the half early, and in the Fillies opening set, managed to cross with ease.
The Ingram sisters continued to combine and posed a constant threat to Moruya, with Brooke working hard in the middle of the field before Maree notched up another try on the back of a barnstorming run.
Georgie Clarke added to her continuously impressive efforts in defence with multiple short line breaks while Trina Brownlie and May Peck supported on the flanks. With 10 minutes remaining and the Fillies close to Moruya's line, a repeat set provided the perfect attacking opportunity, with Schofield passing an inside ball to Anna Steel who stepped past the fullback to score.
As the minutes ticked by, Emma Sullivan and Sue Morgan kept the team going forward, while Maree Ingram and Abby Schofield steered the girls expertly. Tash Stewart broke the line with 5 minutes to go and raced 50m to extend the lead with Moruya's last line of defence coming perilously close to catching her, before Meg Bracher mirrored her run with seconds left in the game, to round out the score at 38-0.
It was a challenging game for the Fillies and Moruya are congratulated for their efforts in keeping the Cooma girls at bay. Their contest is a positive sign of things to come in the 2014 season.
This week, Players' Player was awarded to the indefatigable Maree Ingram; 3 points went to Jane Peadon who threatened with every touch of the ball; 2 points was shared by all-round talent Abby Schofield and hard working Georgie Clarke; while 1 point was awarded to Tash Stewart who loomed dangerously around the ruck and was rewarded with an individual try.
On Saturday, the Fillies will travel to Bemboka to face the Merimbula-Pambula Hot-Doggies in the hopes of building on their early successes this year.