Merewether Carlton have collected their third straight win the NHRU Women’s competition, after a late try to the Greens put a dagger through the home side’s hopes late on in the close contest.
The travelling side walked away from Bernie Curran Oval with a 19-12 victory in the end, but the combined Easts-University venture put up stiff competition to make sure the Greens worked to keep their undefeated start to the year alive.
While a “late heartbreaker” sealed the deal against Easts-University, the combined venture coach Brooke Saunders said she was proud of how her side had taken the game to the Greens in front of their home crowd.
“It’s been a challenge combining two different teams and cultures, and bringing all these girls together, so that’s been interesting, but I’m proud of how the girls have gone forward this year so far,” Saunders said.
Read more recent news
- Knights fall inches short in TG Cup decider against fast-starting Steelers
- Defensive reinforcements see BNC Whanau put points on the board with 47-25 win
- Fisher-Webster sisters shine in Kurri Kurri’s 10-2 bounce-back win over Cessnock
- Impact looking to ‘future stars’ to continue undefeated start in Charlestown top grade
Brooke Walklate got Easts-Uni off to a strong start just six minutes in, while Madison Hodgson scored just ahead of the 40th minute for the home side.
Tries from Maddison Ingram, Kristyanne Cooper, and Carly Walters – including the meat pie in the dying moments of the match – cancelled out Easts-University’s advantage however, and swung the contest in Merewether Carlton’s favour.
“We may not have got the win on the weekend, but we showed that we can be a competitive team, and with some game time together and more training – we only got two training sessions in ahead of our first game, we can challenge the best,” she said.
“As long as we’re keeping consistency in our games at the moment that’s fantastic. I’m not all about the win, of course it’s great when we do, but if we can just stick it out from first kick to full time and show that we’re competitive that’s what we’re aiming for.
“I think the league at the moment is pretty clearly split with The Waratahs as the super dominant team, then there’s Merewether, Maitland, and Hamilton vying for those finals spots. if we can keep pace with them then that’s a successful season for us.”
Also in the third round, Hamilton scored their second straight win with a victory over Maitland, 29-10, while The Waratahs defeated Medowie 64-5. Tahlia Goldsmith and Tia Tauafao both scored doubles for the winning side.
TABLE: Merewether Carlton, Waratahs (3-0), Hamilton (2-1), Easts-University (1-2), Maitland, Medowie (0-3).