Fillies give Narooma a devil of a time

THE Cooma Fillies travelled to Narooma on Saturday for their first game in three weeks and showed they had not lost any momentum, running out 34-0 victors.

Whilst Narooma were determined in attack and defence, the Fillies were dominant across the park and gained strength from every test of their line.

The Fillies opened the scoring in the third minute of the game when Anna Steel weaved through defenders off the back of a well-structured set.

Maree Ingram converted and the stage was set for a strong attacking game.

From the restart, the Fillies moved quickly up the field, propelled by a strong tail wind, and were positioned perfectly for Abby Schofield to shimmy through defenders and score the Fillies second try of the match.

From here, Narooma rallied and tested the Fillies defensive line, but the efforts of Patrice Clear, Georgie Clarke, Chloe Murphy and Kirrily Carberry in the middle of the field nullified Narooma's efforts. In attack, Trina Brownlie, Bec Robson and Sue Morgan made good meters, while Kristy Nichols, Monique Ingram and Brooke Morey were deceptive in their barrage of Narooma's line. It wasn't until the 20th minute that the Fillies finally broke through, with Abby Schofield notching up her second try of the match close to the posts, which Maree Ingram effortlessly converted.

In the second half, Narooma took advantage of having the wind at their backs and some handling errors by the Fillies, cementing themselves in the Fillies' 20m.

Maree Ingram defended tirelessly close to the line, while Kayla Jamieson at fullback and May Peck on the wing kept the team moving in the right direction. Repeat sets seemed sure to give Narooma the opportunity to score, but a wayward ball was scooped up by Abby Schofield who outpaced the defence and ran 90m to score her third try of the match.

From the restart, the Fillies worked their way up the field through Tash Stewart and Jane Peadon, before Anna Steel broke the line and offloaded to Jade Lee who finished off the play with another 4 points.

In the minutes that followed, Emma Sullivan proved a headache for Narooma's defence, making some solid line breaks and, with the support of Kayla Jamieson and Jane Peadon, gave the Fillies further attacking opportunities. After repeatedly trying to break through the line, Maree Ingram was finally able to draw defenders and offload to Jade Lee who hit the opening and scored her second to round out the score at 34-0.

It was a determined performance from the Cooma girls who are continuing to build in the lead up to the finals series. 3 best and fairest points and players' player was awarded to the indefatigable Abby Schofield; 2 points to the versatile May Peck and 1 point to Emma Sullivan, who lifted in the middle of the pack. Next week, the Fillies travel to Eden for their final away game of the regular season, before facing the Bega Chicks in the top-of-the-table clash at home in a fortnight.

Cooma Fillies 34 (A. Schofield, 3, J. Lee, 2, A. Steel tries; M. Ingram 3/4, A. Schofield 2/2 goals) def. Narooma 0

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