The Cobar Roosterettes played their final game of the 2020 Castlereagh League Tag season on Saturday and, with their 32-8 loss to Dunedoo, it means Cobar will now bow out of this year’s competition.
Going into Saturday’s game Cobar was tied with Gilgandra for 4th place on the competition ladder, and it came down to the final round to decide which team would make the semi finals.
While the Roosterettes were beaten by top of the table Dunedoo in their Round 10 game, Gilgandra kept their semi final chances alive with a thrilling 12-all tie with Baradine.
The Roosterettes didn’t however bow out without a fight and it was the Cobar side who opened the scoring in Saturday’s game to surprise the undefeated Swanettes.
Captain and co-coach Bianka Jacobson said their game plan had been to put plenty of pressure on the Dunedoo girls from the get-go and that paid off with Kayla Hasson crossing out on the edge to put the Roosterettes ahead 4-0 in the first quarter.
The Dunedoo side recovered in the second quarter to score two back-to-back tries and they held a narrow 8-4 lead at half time.
Soon after the restart, Dunedoo ran in their third try out wide to push the margin out to
An intercepted pass by Roosterettes’ Brianna Watson, who ran 30 metres to score, kept the Cobar side in touch with the score now 12-8.
Jacobson said while the Roosterettes were tagging extremely well they couldn’t however contain the Swanettes in the second half as they kept hitting the try line at pace.
Two quick tries in the third phase gave the hosts a 20-8 lead and two more converted tries in the final quarter sealed Dunedoo’s
32-8 win and their minor premiership title for the season.
Cobar’s Best and Fairest points were shared by Tyler Chiswick (3), Watson (2) and Naomi Whitehurst (1).
Hannah Carroll was named their Players’ Player.
Jacobson said while their lack of fitness showed in the late stages of the game, all in all it was a good final performance by the team.
She said she was impressed with the team this year who had gelled together well.
“I’m very pleased with the side’s growth and development over this season and in particular how well the young ones have come along.
“Things are looking very positive for next season,” Jacobson said.