Roosterettes’ auspicious debut into Castlereagh

Cobar Roosterettes’ Jenna Fullagar (chased by her Gilgandra opposition and referee Jacob Ryan) on her way to the line to score in Saturday’s Castlereagh League Tag Knockout carnival at Coonabarabran. Fullagar scored twice and was voted the Roosterettes’ Players’ Player of the carnival. Photo by Peter Sherwood

The Cobar Roosterettes League Tag team have continued their unbeaten run with a dominant display on debut into the Castlereagh competition this year.

The Cobar side won all three of their games in the Castlereagh preseason knock out competition at Coonabarabran on Saturday including a comprehensive 12-0 win over the Gilgandra Pink Panthers in the final.

The Roosters Under 18s rugby league team also had their first hit out of the season in the Youth League knockout which was all part of a big day of rugby league action at Coonabarabran.

In their first game, the Roosterettes, under new coach Bianka Jacobson, had a 10-0 win over Baradine with Lisa Travis and Zoë Harland scoring Cobar’s tries and Harland converted one.

The Roosterettes’ next hit out was against Coonamble, who’d beaten Coonabarabran 18-6 in the first round.

It was a close game but thanks to tries by Cobar’s Players’ Player Jenna Fullagar and Layci Bermingham (a Bourke recruit to the Cobar team this year), along with a goal to Harland, the Cobar team finished with a 10-6 win and booked themselves a grand final berth against the Gilgandra girls.

Gilgandra had beaten Binnaway 20-4 and Dunedoo 10-8 to earn their grand final spot and it was shaping up to be a great game.

Cobar dominated and with Fullagar in fine form making numerous breaks and, along with Harland, they made plenty of metres in attack with both crossing for tries.

Harland converted both to give Cobar a 12-0 win.

“Everyone played exceptionally well, backed each other up and worked to consolidate what we have been doing in training,” Jacobson said of her team.

“It’s a great start to the year and we are looking forward to playing in the Castlereagh competition. Our focus was to be as competitive as we can and work on consolidating our game and I think we definitely achieved this. New players to the Roosterettes Peta Woods, Brennah and Renee Aumua had great games and we are looking forward to seeing them develop as players throughout the season,” she said.

The Roosters Under 18s lost their first game to Coonabarabran 4-16 and also went down in the second to Gilgandra 0-12.

The team was well served by Rorke Lennon and Henry Brookman in attack and Michael Manns and Wyatt Proudlove were stand outs in defence.