IN wet and wild conditions, the Cooma Fillies took on the Narooma Devils in a tough and muddy contest on Sunday at the Cooma Showground. With both teams fielding full sides the match loomed as a test for both teams, combating the rugged weather and associated slippery surfaces. With regular coach Craig Schofield scouting for international players in Europe, Steven Russell was at the helm and with his leadership and direction, the Cooma girls were determined to maintain their home ground unbeaten record and came out firing.
The Fillies kicked off and in the opening minutes, defended strongly and were positioned well for their first attacking raid. Monique Ingram was hitting the line with gusto, while Georgie Clarke began her typical dominance in all facets of the game. With only three minutes gone, Jane Peadon found herself on the end of some solid passes and crashed over for the first of her hat trick of tries. Just minutes later Maree Ingram kicked a skyrocketing bomb which bounced perfectly into the arms of Peadon who raced away to score her second. The Fillies settled into a strong routine, with Abby Schofield, Anna Steel and Maree Ingram directing the team around the park, which allowed the hard-hitting attack of Patrice Clear, Tash Stewart and Meg Bracher room to move. With the first quarter of the game complete, it was the experience of Brooke Morey that continued the scoring tirade, finding space directly between the posts and striding over with ease. From here the contest tightened and Narooma put together some solid passages of play. As the torrent of rain continued, the Fillies settled and regrouped their attack and with 22 minutes gone, Chloe Murphy found Kristy Nichols on the wing and the girls combined to extend the lead. From the kick off, in the 23rd minute Maree Ingram was unstoppable, piercing through the line and storming past multiple defenders to extend the lead less than a minute after Nichols. On the siren, Peadon was unlucky not to score her third, following a line break from Monique Ingram, but nonetheless, at the break the Fillies were pleased with their first half efforts.
Returning to the tempest-like conditions on the field, the second half shaped as a repeat of the first with Monique Ingram crashing over the line in the first five minutes. Bec Robson and Kayla Jamieson defended with enthusiasm while Kirrily Carberry nullified some great attacking plays from the Narooma girls but ultimately the game ebbed and flowed for much of the second half, with waning energy levels and frozen, soggy limbs hampering both sides. Trina Brownlie combined well with Emma Sullivan, Sue Morgan and May Peck and came close to crossing herself, before backing up minutes later and setting Peadon up to legitimately score her third try of the day. Whilst Narooma made some last ditch efforts to get points on the scoreboard and the Fillies made a few handling errors which gave the Devils' girls some great opportunities, the Fillies were too strong in the end, running out 36-0 victors.
Players' Player and 3 points this week went to Jane Peadon for her attacking efforts; 2 points went to unsung hero Monique Ingram who worked tirelessly and without fanfare for the entire game; and 1 point was awarded to Abby Schofield who was unstoppable and played a dominant role in the success of the Fillies in this game.
The Fillies have the long weekend off, before taking on Moruya in their second contest of the season at the Cooma Showground on Sunday June 15.