THE Fillies continued their winning streak this week, taking down the Moruya Sharkettes 18-4 in a tight contest in Moruya.
Both teams fought fiercely to gain ascendency in a match where handling errors riddled both teams, but in the end, the Fillies defence was too strong for the continuously improving Sharkettes.
Both teams came out firing in the first half and for the opening 15 minutes, the contest ebbed and flowed with no points achieved.
Maree Ingram came close to opening the scoring, breaking the line within Moruya’s 10m, but was denied inches from the white line.
Similarly, a pin-point accurate kick from Abby Schofield almost led to the opening try, but the ball spun away from May Peck’s reach.
Emma Sullivan threatened Moruya’s defence up the middle, drawing defenders consistently and setting up some opportunities for the outside runners, while Meg Bracher earned her side repeat penalties through powerful runs and cemented herself as a standout player on the day.
In the 17th minute, Peck finally opened the scoring through a set play, with Anna Steel, Sue Morgan and Bracher combining with Peck, who crossed out wide.
This reignited the Fillies spark, and after a strong attacking set, Bracher, Steel and Monique Ingram combined again down the left hand side to extend the score and set up Bracher’s first try.
At half time, the score of 8-0 reflected the tight contest and the Fillies determination in the face of a tough opposition.
In the second half, Moruya came out firing and were dominant for the opening few sets, breaking through the Fillies unsettled defence on multiple occasions.
Kayla Jamieson had her work cut out for her at the back and saved two certain tries with diving tags, before Moruya’s Jasmine Campet snuck through the line and scored Moruya’s only try.
The Fillies were quick to reassert their authority over the game and within minutes, hit back through the hard work of Abby Schofield, quick hands from Trina Brownlie and the consistently commanding run of Meg Bracher.
The middle of the second half was locked in a tight battle between the teams, with Kristy Nichols shaking off an ankle injury from the first half and making two barnstorming breaks down the left flank, giving the Fillies great field position.
Maree Ingram and Georgie Clarke combined well in the middle and were unlucky not to extend the lead, while Brooke Morey defended masterfully and Bec Robson made good metres up the middle.
With a minute remaining on the clock, Jane Peadon was rewarded for her support throughout the day, crossing on the left wing following some determined play and buoyed by her explosive speed, she managed to scoot around defenders and with Maree Ingram’s conversion, took the final score to 18-4.
Though the result was in the Fillies favour, the Moruya girls tested their attack and defence and were unlucky not to score a second during the course of the game.
Players’ player this week was awarded to the unrelenting Meg Bracher; 3 points went to Maree Ingram, who was a constant headache for Moruya’s defenders; 2 points went to Abby Schofield whose kicks in play were accurate and passes were well timed; and 1 point was awarded to Kayla Jamieson who was instrumental in preventing Moruya from catching the Fillies lead.
Next week, the Fillies take on Merimbula-Pambula at the Cooma Showground.
Cooma Fillies 18 (M Bracher, 2, M Peck, J Peadon tries; M Ingram 1/4) def Moruya Sharkettes 4 (J Campet try).