The Cooma Fillies celebrate after winning the grand final on Sunday. Kate Schofield.
The Cooma Fillies have taken out the 2012 Group 16 Leaguetag Premiership, beating the Bega Chicks 4-0 and maintaining their undefeated record for the season.
The Fillies sing their team song in front of supporters after the game.
Fillies captain Alicia Clarke accepts the trophy.
Player of the match Maree Ingram.
Alana Nichols passes from dummy-half.
In warm conditions, the Fillies’ fitness was always going to be tested against strong competitors in Bega. Bega had done a great job to make it to the grand final in their first season in the leaguetag, but buoyed by former Narooma player, Trudi Badullovich, they were eager to give the Fillies a run for their money in the final game of the season.
The game started in feisty conditions with both teams determined to make their mark on the game early. Strong defensive efforts from Karlee Pateman and Kirrily Carberry coupled with the dominant attacking efforts of Meg Bracher, Abby Schofield and Kate Schofield gained good field position. Back to back sets on the Bega line gave the Fillies opportunities to find space out wide, with Maree Ingram setting Kate Schofield up for the opening, and only, try of the game.
What followed was a game of defensive efforts. Line breaks from Alana Nichols and Monique Ingram continued the Fillies ascendancy while Alicia Clarke and Maree Ingram’s dominant kicking game continued to keep the ball moving. Patrice Ingram was instrumental in keeping the Chicks at bay, supported by Zoe Lynch and Georgie Clarke in their back-to-back tagging efforts. Anna Steel and Tracy Frazer nullified Bega’s short kicking game with their second line of defence, while Kristy Nichols and Sammy-Jo Suitor maintained their defensive efforts under pressure while Sandy Schofield and Penny Carroll supported well and kept spirits high.
Karlee Pateman at dummy-half.
After the final 50 minutes of the season, the score remained 4-0 in favour of the Fillies.
Captain Alicia Clarke was gracious in her acceptance speech, and Player of the Match, Maree Ingram, gaining deserved recognition for her efforts.
The Fillies would like to thank their Coach, Craig Schofield, without whom the team would never have been formed and been so successful. They would also like to thank their sponsors, Mainstreet Clothing, Sapphire Coast Physiotherapy and Brian Geach Electrical for their ongoing support, and finally, their supporters, particularly those who travelled to watch the game on Sunday.