THE Cooma Fillies took their home game against Eden to the Bombala Showground on the weekend, and battling wild winds and cold temperatures, defeated the Eden Tigerettes 50-0 in a free flowing performance.
The Fillies kicked off and with the wind at their backs, were able to put pressure on Eden during their opening set, forcing an early error.
The Fillies played some well structured football and with decoy runners deceiving Eden's defence, Monique Ingram was able to open the scoring. From the kick off, a line break from Maree Ingram propelled the Fillies forward, before she was able to offload to Jane Peadon who sped away to score.
Within minutes, the Fillies already had the lead at 10-0 and the game was instantly in the control of the home side. Wind conditions made Eden's attacking opportunities difficult and prevented them from gaining ground with their kicks, with Meg Bracher, Kayla Jamieson and Abby Schofield holding safe at the back of the field and the Fillies maintaining good field position for most of the first half.
The defensive efforts of Sue Morgan, Brooke Morey and Emma Sullivan kept the Eden girls at bay, with the trio putting their bodies on the line to nullify their attack. With Eden cemented in their own 20m, Abby Schofield broke through the line to extend the lead further.
The long kicking game of Maree Ingram was complemented by the strong winds, and as the first half wound down, a strong kick chase from May Peck and Patrice Clear trapped Eden's fullback in goal and gave the girls a repeat set close to the line.
Within this set, Anna Steel was able to pick up an explosive Meg Bracher on the inside, who charged over to score and earned a trip to the hospital for her efforts. Shortly after, Tash Stewart was put through a hole on the left hand side and showed dangerous pace to chalk up a try of her own, before Trina Brownlie found herself in space close to the line and, playing it safe, offloaded for Georgie Clarke who crossed the white line and took the half time score to 32-0.
After the break, Eden made use of the wind to run the Fillies over the park, but Kayla Jamieson at fullback prevented the Tigerettes from making any headway in attack.
Bec Robson was strong in defence, while Patrice Clear ended entire sets of Eden's attack singlehandedly. A penalty close to the line gave the Fillies a repeat set in which Anna Steel dummied and charged through to score on the first play of the set. Following this, Georgie Clarke showed pace and skill in her long range try, breaking the line, dummying to the supporting Jane Peadon which took out the fullback, and then raced away to score.
The score was wrapped up with 10minutes remaining, when Monique Ingram notched up her second try with a strong line break, and with sister Maree's conversion, took the score to 50-0. While the second half didn't present as many attacking opportunities for the Fillies, their defence withstood the weather and some glimmers from the Tigerettes, which showed great signs following last week's narrow loss to Bega.
Players' player this week was awarded to Kayla Jamieson, 3 points was awarded to Sue Morgan, 2 points to Tash Stewart and 1 point to Jane Peadon.
The Fillies would like to thank interim coach Steven Russell for his enthusiasm, support and patience over the last seven weeks, as they welcome Craig Schofield back from Europe. The Fillies are continuously blessed with the coaches, trainers and strappers that selflessly give up their time to give support to their team and are proud to include Russo as a part of the Fillies family.
Next week, the Fillies take on the Moruya Sharkettes in Moruya in what is sure to be a tough contest away from home.