The Cooma Fillies secured a spot in the 2012 group 16 league-tag grand final with a 20-6 win against Bega in the major semi-final on Sunday.
With a full squad of 19 players travelling to Moruya for the match, they were allowing themselves every opportunity for success in the coastal heat. The game started shakily, with early missed tags allowing Bega good field position from the kick-off. The Fillies held out this early attack and gaining field position of their own, Jade Lee crossed for what was her first try of the match.
Kate Schofield converted and the Fillies were off to a good start. Hard hitting defence from Maree Ingram had the Bega girls on their backs, and following an injury stoppage that required ambulance attention, Bega surged and scored their first try of the game through Georgina Pearce, which was converted. The scores were level for an instant. Solid attack from Alicia Clarke and strong hit-ups from Meg Bracher and Karlee Pateman gave the girls good field position, before Jade Lee got her second for the game and 18th try for the season. The defensive efforts of Georgie Clarke and Sammy-Jo Suitor gained the Fillies dominance towards the end of the first half, and with just a minute remaining on the clock, Abby Schofield shimmied through defence out wide to score her first try of the season. At half-time, the score read 14-6.
The second half began strongly for the Fillies. With the warm weather taking its toll on both sides, defensive lapses gave both teams good field positions at various stages. Tracy Frazer, Kirrily Carberry and Penny Carroll kept the engines pumping in the middle, while Sandy Schofield kept control from dummy half and fed Kristy Nichols, Alana Nichols and Zoe Lynch good ball on the flanks. Monique Ingram was dominant in both attack and defence, and her multiple line breaks, coupled with those from Alicia Clarke and Anna Steel had the Fillies on top. Bega defence stayed strong but it was through powerful kicks and supportive play from Maree Ingram and Alicia Clarke, coupled with committed defence from Patrice Ingram and Georgie Clarke that the Fillies stayed on top in the second half.
Monique Ingram partnered masterfully with sister Patrice to score the final try of the game, supporting her line break and scoring comfortably under the posts to allow Kate Schofield a second conversion. The final score read 20-6 and the Fillies were able to continue their winning ways. Points this week went to Monique Ingram, 1, Jade Lee, 2, and Georgie Clarke, 3, with Monique Ingram getting players’ player.
The girls were buoyed by strong training sessions during the week, particularly on Thursday when first grade, reserve grade and under 18’s league players came to have a mock game with the girls and aid their preparation.
The Fillies wish to thank the boys for their encouragement, as well as their sponsors Mainstreet Clothing, Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy and Brian Geach Electrical for their ongoing support.
The Fillies have next weekend off before facing the winner of MerimbulaPambula-Bombala and Bega in the grand final on September 16, in Bega. Good luck girls!
Cooma Fillies 20 (J. Lee, 2, A. Schofield, P. Ingram; K. Schofield 2/4) def. Bega Chicks 6 (G. Pearce; N. Rogers 1/1).