Roosterettes suffer a disappointing loss to Unicorns

Brianna Watson, pictured above pivoting away from the Coonabarabran defender in
Saturday’s Round 3 Castlereagh League Tag match at Tom Knight Memorial Oval, was a
standout for the Roosterettes. Watson scored two tries and kicked three goals which
earned her the Players’ Player and Best & Fairest honours. After leading 22-10 at half
time, the Roosterettes unfortunately were eventually beaten 38-22 by the visitors.

The Cobar Roosterettes suffered a disappointing
loss to the Coonabarabran visitors
in Round 3 of the Castlereagh League Tag
competition on Saturday at Tom Knight
Memorial Oval.
After having plenty of possession and with
the Unicorns only travelling with just 11 players
the Roosterettes squandered their 22-10
half time lead to let the Coonabarabran side go
home with a 38-22 win.
The Cobar girls made a confident start to
Saturday’s match with the Roosterettes’ Players’
Player, Brianna Watson sprinting away in
a brilliant individual effort to score their first
points within the opening minute of the game.
The Cobar side continued to have plenty of
possession but then after conceding a couple of
penalties, the Unicorns levelled the score at 4-
all with a try on the far wing just before the
first drinks break.
The Cobar team was making a number of
mistakes with captain/coach Bianka Jacobson
admonishing her players in the break after they
had been called for being offside on a number
of occasions by referee Paddy Hallcroft.
Roosterettes’ co-coach Jay Egan also warned
the team that they couldn’t be complacent as
the Unicorns had the ability to quickly switch
play and turn the ball to the opposite side of
the field.
Jacobson called for her players to work harder
in defence and to let their attack happen.
Cobar had the ascendency after the re-start
and were constantly attacking the try line,
however Coonabarabran’s defence remained
tight and kept them out.
A number of missed tags by the Roosterettes
let the Unicorns back into the match with a
runaway try and they took the lead at 10-4.
Shortly after, Cobar’s playmakers Tyler
Chiswick and Watson combined and a welltimed
pass from Chiswick to Watson resulted
in Watson scoring under the posts.
Watson’s successful conversion brought the
score to 10-all.
Cobar was back in control and after sustained
pressure on the try line, Aisha Schofield fooled
the Unicorn defenders with a “show and go”
dummy pass and dived over to score.
Watson’s conversion took Cobar’s lead to
Kayla Hasson firmed up Cobar’s lead shortly
after with a busting run from halfway and she
scored Cobar’s next try after avoiding a number
of Coonabarabran defenders.
Watson’s third conversion put Cobar ahead
22-10 going into the half time break.
The Roosterettes’ mistake-riddled second
half let the fighting Unicorns back into the
match and they had levelled the score to 22-all
by the drinks break.
Cobar continued to have the lion’s share of possession but failed to convert that into more
points on the board.
The Unicorns however made the most of
their limited possession and were able to find
the gaps in the Roosterettes’ defence to score
three unanswered tries to finish with a 38-22
Watson collected Cobar’s Best & Fairest
three points with Schofield picking up two
points and winger Grace Burge earned one
point for her excellent team talk.
The Roosterettes will travel to Dunedoo this
Saturday to play the Swanettes in Round 4 of
the competition.