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Wednesday April 5, 2017
Busy weekend to start Cooma Stallions 2017 season
The Cooma Stallions Under 18s
knew they were in for a tough
game against the Narooma Devils
on Sunday. However, it was an
outstanding effort from all the boys.
Will Shingles unfortunately went
down the first half with a dislocated
shoulder, but that didn’t stop their
integrity. The stand outs of the
day were James Hayden who
was awarded 3 points and players
player. Matthew Swain was given 2
points and Matthew Robinson was
awarded 1 point. There is a lot of
talent in the side and I really believe
we are in for a good season with
plenty of improvement to come.
Although the boys went down
36 nil, the score was not a true
reflection of the effort the boys put
into the game.
Corey Thomas Under 18 Coach.
The Cooma Stallions First Grade
started the 2017 competition with
a hard fought victory away from
home against a very unpredictable
Narooma side 42-26.
The game started off with both
teams getting through their sets
of six of which was sometimes
very scrappy, but unlikely Cooma
found themselves behind on the
scoreboard with Narooma scoring
the first try and going to a 6-0 lead.
This got Cooma kicking into gear
with some well structured football in
which they started putting on points
and going to the half time break
with a 22-10 halftime lead,
The second half didn’t start that
well for Cooma with dropped balls,
penalties given away and getting
very frustrated with themselves
only to find that they had to pull
their finger out and get their heads
back in the game. The game was
getting away from Cooma a bit with
tries to Narooma bringing the game
close but with superior fitness and
attacking brilliance Cooma came
away with the win.
Best for Cooma were, Damien
Hayden, Luke Bracher, Tim Knight
and new signing Richard Kelly, try
scorers were Tim Knight 3, David
Summerville, Luke Bracher, Richard
Kelly, Josh Steinke, Damien Hayden
all one and Austin Nunnan seven
Next week’s game Cooma will be
playing at home on Sunday against
a Eden side that has been bolstered
with a lot of key signings in the off
season in all four grades.
Round one came around for the
new and improved Fillies who took
on Candelo Bemoka Panthers on
Saturday in Bemboka.
With captain Hayley being unable
to attend young Fillie Ash Steinke
stood up and took on the role of
captain. With heat not being in the
fillies favour and a lack of subs the
girls pushed through and worked
well as a team.
With strong ball movement
backed up by strong defence the
Fillies took the lead, with a nice
inside ball fillies superstar Camilla
McDonald crossed the line toped
the scoring. Conversion by Ash put
the fillies in the lead 6-0 . Candelo
came back strong and tested the
fatigued Fillies; a try being awarded
to the Panthers made the score 6 all
at half time.
The Fillies came back strongly, a
short kick to start the half the had
the Fillies on the front foot. Putting
some of their moves into action
young Filly Molly Janota managed
to score in the corner. A missed
conversion and the Fillies were in
from 10-6 . Fatigue really hit the
Fillies as they continued to push
through. Full time score 10-6 .
Players Player went to Ash
The Cooma Fillies would like to
thank returning players Lan Nichols
and Tanika Williams who stepped
up and took the field on Saturday.
The girls then backed up on
Sunday against the runners up of
the Group 16 Ladies League Tag
last year the Narooma Devils.
With new captain Hayley Kemp
taking control of the field and
standing up, with support from
other players on the field.
A slip up in the Fillies defence
meant that Narooma took the lead
New Fillie Camilla McDonald
used her speed and agility to run
almost the length of the field for an
extraordinary try under the posts.
Fillies were then in the game 6-4.
With quick ball movement and
line breaks the Fillies made several
breaks through the Narooma
defence. Narooma superstar Lily
Bennet used her speed and football
knowledge to break Cooma’s
Narooma scored some quick
tries and almost put the game out
of reach for the new team. Several
complete and repeated sets meant
that the Fillies had opportunity and
they used it the best they could.
With quick ball movement and
a lack in slide defence the Fillies
managed to get the ball to the wing
where new Filly Keira Jones was
able to score in the corner, making
the score 24-8 .
The Narooma girls had some
excellent ball movement which
put the Fillies off their feet. The
Narooma Devils proved too strong
for the Cooma Fillies with the final
score being 30-8 .
Players Player went to Kaesi
Hayley Kent for Cooma Fillies.
Ashleigh Steinke for the Fillies.
Right: Zac Smith for First Grade, Above: the Under 18s match; Bottom left: First Grade.
Middle: Joel Patos for the Reserves; Right; Zane Weston for Reserves.
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