Greens keep winning, Katrinas keep grinning

Group 20 league tag

LEETON remains undefeated in the league tag competition, while the Bidgee Hurricanes continued their improvement with a competitive loss.

While the scoreline of a 26-0 win to Black & Whites does not look flattering for the Katrinas, the Hurricanes side managed to restrict the home side to just one try in the second half, much to the joy of coach Pat Hart.

“It was the best they have played in the second half,” he said. “I said to them at half-time ‘if you don’t pick up you’ll get flogged’.

“We lost 50-0 last year and at half-time the score was 20-nil.”

The Katrinas were best served by Chloe Warren, Brooke Luhrs, Hayley Maher, Tamika Donegan and Rheanna O’Connell, who had what appeared to be a fair try disallowed.

“I think we’ve turned a corner, they’ve got confidence,” Hart said. “When we played really good sides in the past we’d give up, but we kept Griffith to one try (in the second half).”

Two of Leeton’s young guns strutted their stuff in a dominant 36-6 win over Waratah Tigers at No. 1 Oval last Saturday afternoon. Anna Poulsen scored three tries and Shaylah Elwin two in a display that impressed coach Warren Weir.

“They went really good,” Weir said. “They’re getting better and better those two.”

Playing her 100th game, Kate McDonell was the other try-scorer.

“They’re just playing consistently each week,” he said. “I think a few of the girls did step up for Kate’s 100th.”

Despite an unbeaten start to 2013, Weir is not looking too far ahead into the season.

“Anything can happen,” he said. “We make small goals that are very achievable, like winning three out of the first five. We’ll meet and work on something like three out of the next five.”

This weekend Leeton has the bye in all grades, which could be a bonus.

“It is good with the Leeton races being on,” Weir joked. “It is well earned.

“We’ll have a bigger session (tomorrow) morning, putting some finishing touches on plays that we haven’t had time to do.

“The extra week is good for the younger girls.”

Hart’s side will turn out at Narrandera ready to take on Yenda, which could be close by the final whistle.”We played them in a trial and they beat us 12-6,” Hart said. “There wasn’t much in it.”


Representative league tag

LEETON has led the league tag selections field with six players chosen to represent Group 20.

The team will take on Group 9 in a curtain-raiser to the annual Group 20 v Group 9 rugby league grudge match, to be held at EW Moore Oval on May 18.

Coach Dean Whymark said the selection trial had been outstanding.

“We had five selectors from a variety of backgrounds, representing clubs, referees and the group,” he said.

“Unfortunately some girls had to miss out and we have selected some emergency players if we need them.”

The Leeton contingent will be led by the McDonell sisters � Haylee, Kate and Jess � alongside Cecilia Smith, Kayla Frazer and Georgia Everett.

Leeton coach Warren Weir was proud his side could field so many players for the rep team.

“It was unlucky not to be eight,” he said. “Shaylah (Elwin) and ‘Poulso’ (Anna Poulsen) were unlucky.”

Weir is not concerned about his players having to back up for club duties, given the game is being played in Griffith and there are fewer physical demands on players’ bodies.

The game between the groups is still the highest level of representative league tag, although Weir believes there could be country and state competitions one day.

“I think that is something that will happen in the future,” he said.

“If we can keep that amount (of Leeton players) in the rep stage, if it does go on from there to country or state, it sets them in good stead.”

Last year’s grand finalist West Wyalong has the next best representation with five selections � Breanna Kelly, Caitlin Kelly, Ash Blackstock, Bonnie Quade and Morgan Anderson.

Other selections

Black & Whites: Shailynn Williams, Mandy Meredith, Sisilla Caqusau

Yenda: Nancy Tale

TLU: Claire Hately

Hay: Luci Lugsdin

Waratah Tigers: Kele Kotoa

LEETON’S Ua Ravu draws in the Waratah Tigers defence as she shapes to pass at No. 1 Oval last Saturday.

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