THE Cooma Fillies suffered their first loss of the season, going down to arch rivals the Bega Chicks 8-4 on Sunday at the Bega Recreation Ground. In a hard fought battle every pass counted, and it was the Chicks who came out on top in the end.
The Fillies opened the scoring within the first 5 minutes of the game, attacking Bega's line through the direction of Maree Ingram and Abby Schofield, which allowed fullback Meg Bracher to precisely position a kick in the in-goal for Georgie Clarke to pounce on and score the Fillies only try. From here, the contest ebbed and flowed with both sides attempting to make use of their opposition's errors. Patrice Clear was strong in defence, while Kirrily Carberry excelled under the high ball. Two unanswered tries from Bega spanning both halves of the game put them ahead on the scoreboard, while missed conversions kept the win within the Fillies' reach. Unfortunately, time was not on their side and despite attacking raids on Bega's line, a lack of possession prevented the Fillies from hitting back.
Players' player and 3 points this week was awarded to Maree Ingram; 2 points went to Abby Schofield and 1 point was awarded to Patrice Clear. Next Sunday, the Fillies and Stallions take their home game against Eden to the Bombala Showground, where the Fillies will take on the Eden Tigerettes with the hope of returning to the winner's circle.