Roosterettes assert themselves on the field

The Cobar Roosterettes recorded a great 22-16 win over the visiting Baradine Magpies in Round 3 of the Castlereagh League Tag competition at Tom Knight Memorial Oval on Saturday.

The Cobar Roosterettes scored their first win of the 2024 Castlereagh League Tag season in Round 3 on Saturday at Tom Knight Memorial Oval.

They also handed their opposition, the Baradine Magpies, their first loss of the season as the Roosterettes claimed a 22-16 win.

Played on a very wet (but very green) pitch at Tom Knight Memorial Oval, the match went all Cobar’s way in the first half.

Kayla Hasson opened the scoring early and Brennah Aumua crossed not long after to give Cobar an early 8-0 lead.

Midway through the first half, the Magpies scored after passing the ball wide to find a gap and they narrowed the margin to 8-4.

It was however just a “blip on the radar” for the Roosterettes side who were growing in confidence as they continued to control the match.

Molly Broughton found some space on the left wing and ran 40m untouched to score the first of her two tries of the game.

In addition to their confidence in attack, Cobar’s defence was also working very well with Aumua and Taylah Good tagging relentlessly in each set.

Hasson, Neve Carter, Molly Carter, and Bianka Jacobson also worked hard in defence to limit try scoring opportunities for the Magpies. Cobar led 12-4 at the break.

Broughton opened Cobar’s account soon after the re-start and, with the score now 16-4, it was looking like the Cobar side was going to run away with the match.

The Magpies however got their game together and they clawed their way back into the match. They scored three successive tries to level the score at 16-all.

The Roosterettes however didn’t fold under the pressure and they continued to attack the try line.

Good found a gap just wide of the posts and touched down to score for the Roosterettes with just two minutes left in the match.

Captain/coach Brianna Watson landed the conversion which helped to seal their six point win.

In a post match interview, Watson said she was “super proud” of the team’s effort.

“The confidence and the drive was really present this week,” she said.

“We have been working hard at training on our communication and that really showed.

“The girls were diligent and showed they really wanted the win.

“Baradine fought back late in the second half but the girls kept their cool, and we got up in the end.”

Best & Fairest three points went to Broughton, two points was earned by Molly Carter and one point went to Hasson.

Aumua was named the Players’ Player.

The Roosterettes are at home again this Saturday for Round 4 against the Coolah Flyers.

“Coolah have been one of the top performing teams in League Tag this year,” Watson said.

“I am keen to see how we go. We will definitely give it a good crack. If we keep our consistency from Saturday, I’ll be happy!”

Coolah have been one of the top teams in league tag this year already. I am keen to see how we go, we will definitely give it a good crack. If we keep our consistency from Saturday, I’ll be happy!