Newcastle & Hunter have clocked up their first win in the Women’s Country Championships, staying steady in soaking wet conditions to bag a 10-point win over the North Coast Bulldogs.
A double from Maitland’s Robyn Draper, who pulled on the fullback jersey against North Coast, proved key in the 14-4 thriller. Amy Waterhouse, who plays for Aberglasslyn in club-land, also scored a try for the side, and kicked a conversion for one of the three majors.
The victory comes just a week after Newcastle & Hunter fell to a rampaging Riverina Bulls outfit. The Bulls put 22 past the girls in red and blue, while Karuah’s Tazmyne Luschwitz scored the team’s lone try in response.
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Lushwitz is a graduate of the Newcastle Knights’ squad currently competing in the Tarsha Gale Cup, a short-format representative competition that seeks to find the newest and brightest rugby league talent from around the country.
Knights coach Josh Potapczyk recently confirmed the team was looking to put more girls like Tazmyne into the driver’s seat with their footballing career.
“What I am trying to achieve with this side is to improve the girl’s skills across the board as rugby league players so that they can make the transition into higher grades,” Potapczyk told the Women’s Chronicle last week.
“We’ve had a lot of newer girls in the competition that are just coming in off the back of local leagues and gala days. It really shows that there’s this pathway there that we can work with and get these girls to learn the game and move on to the next, higher levels.”
Newcastle & Hunter 14 (R Draper 2, A Waterhouse tries; A Waterhouse goal) def. North Coast Bulldogs 4 (G Smith try).