THE Cooma Fillies had another successful day at the Cooma Showground, taking on the Merimbula-Pambula Hot Doggies and coming away 40-6 winners.
The Fillies were quick to get themselves on the scoreboard, with Tash Stewart crossing within the first minute of the game, following some quick thinking from Emma Sullivan and good hands from Trina Brownlie. Maree Ingram was back to her kicking best, converting from out wide and boosting the Fillies' performance from the get go. The Fillies received the ball from the next kick-off and after a strong attacking set from Meg Bracher, Anna Steel, Georgie Clarke and Sue Morgan, Ingram's 5th tackle kick bounced perfectly into the arms of the lightning fast Tash Stewart who raced away to score her second try of the day in only the 4th minute of the game. From here, Merimbula-Pambula's defence tightened and both teams were locked in the middle of the field, with the Hot Doggies testing the defence of Jane Peadon and Bec Robson, who held strong; supported by Emma Sullivan and Patrice Ingram who took entire attacking sets in their stride. Merimbula managed to get a repeat set in good field position from the boot of fullback Karli Toms, and after a bombardment of the Fillies line, Skye Holmes snuck through and put Merimbula-Pambula on the board. The Fillies hit back shortly after through Jade Lee, who beat multiple defenders to cross, before May Peck extended the lead further following some quick movement of the ball. From the restart, Tash Stewart found Patrice Clear on the flanks who raced away to score, before Maree Ingram was at it again, cutting through the defence and, with her own conversion, took the score at half time to 32-6.
In the second half, Merimbula-Pambula rallied and the Fillies' scoring rate was slowed dramatically. Monique Ingram and Brooke Morey combined in sisterly fashion to give the Fillies some go-forward, while Abby Schofield and Maree Ingram directed the team around the park. Meg Bracher and Kayla Jamieson combined well at the back of the park to nullify the Hot Doggies' attack, but with each burst from the Fillies, Merimbula-Pambula recovered well and prevented them from breaking through the line. It took the precision kicking of Abby Schofield to break the second-half drought, finding the in-goal with her kick and allowing Kayla Jamieson to dive on the loose ball for a try of her own. Consistent effort from the girls in the middle of the pack regained some control for the Cooma girls, but the ever improving Merimbula side did well to harness the Fillies' attack.
With a minute remaining on the clock, Jade Lee notched up her second try of the match, piercing Merimbula-Pambula's defence and taking the final score to 40-6.
The second half reflected the potential of this Leaguetag competition and the Hot-Doggies were unlucky not to cross again following their unwavering effort.
The standouts this week for the Fillies were Tash Stewart, who was awarded Players' Player; Emma Sullivan, who received 3 points for her tireless work in attack and defence; Monique Perkins and Georgie Clarke, who shared 2 points and are consistently dominant; and finally, Abby Schofield and Maree Ingram who share 1 point, leading the Fillies by example in all facets of the game.
Next week, the Fillies travel to Tathra in what will be their first match against the newly reformed ladies team following two forfeits early in the season.
Cooma Fillies 40 (T. Stewart, 2, J. Lee, 2, M. Peck, P. Clear, M. Ingram, K. Jamieson tries; M. Ingram 4/7, A. Schofield 0/1 goals) def. Merimbula-Pambula Hot Doggies 6 (S. Holmes try; K. Toms 1/1 goal)
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