Castlereagh win at Cargo

Cobar’s Bianka Jacobson in a hit up in Saturday’s WWRL game at Cargo (with Cobar team mate Zoë Harland at rear). Photo courtesy of Peter Sherwood

The Castlereagh League’s women’s representative rugby league teams dug deep to come away with wins in both the Senior and Under 18 fixtures in round four of the Western Women’s Rugby League Championships played at Cargo on Saturday.

Showing true grit after losing their centre Tina Gavin with a broken leg in the first half, the Castlereagh Senior team kept their finals hopes alive with a hard fought 18-16 win over their Woodbridge Cup opponents.

Castlereagh’s five eight Tori Canham (from Coonamble) posted 14 points through two tries and three goals to send her to the top of the point scorer’s list for the competition, this being despite missing one game in the series through injury

Canham was one of the many stars in the gutsy win with some other standout performances being handed in by fullback Stephanie Bowling (Baradine) who was backing up from the under 18s game, along with captain and hooker Sam Turnbull (Coonamble) and half back Cobar’s Zoë Harland who had a monumental game in both attack and defence.

The team gets to play their second home game this Saturday at Coonabarabran when they host Group 11 and a win in front of what should be a big crowd will give them a shot at finishing in the top two of the championships and subsequently a berth in the final.

Currently Group 11 and Castlereagh both sit on four competition points and a highly entertaining affair is anticipated.

The Castlereagh Under 18 team finally broke through for their first win in the competition when they defeated Woodbridge
24-20 on Saturday.—contributed