Women’s Match Reports 12 September 20

17 Sep 2020

Congratulations to 4s on a big win on the weekend. Some unfortunate results across other grades but exciting work still do to for the Owls moving into finals time.
Our Women’s XVs team made the short road trip up to Goulburn to take on the Dirty Reds side on Saturday and were met with a much improved side than we remembered from our previous run. It was a tough contest against the newest arrivals to the comp as they were looking to get one over us on their home ground but our women ultimately came away with a 22-0 win.
With the rest of the Goulburn teams out at Hall and our Owls teams back in Canberra at Duntroon, the grounds were absent of the usual spectator buzz and energy and it seemed like we missed that backing as we travelled through the first half. Possession of the ball seemed to settle out pretty evenly but frustrations were high early on as handling errors from both sides were rife with no wet weather conditions to use as an excuse.
After marching the Dirty Reds side up to their try line our women rejoiced as Emma Ganley seemingly charged over next to the sticks for what would have been her first try of the season but was questionably called as held up. This may have lit a small fire in our bellies as we were determined not to have to back pedal without the points and Crystal Papalii added to her try scoring list a few minutes later when she descended on the line through a pack of maroon jerseys.
Despite the gap in the ladder between our Owls women and the Dirty Reds side, this particular game disappointingly showed the teams to be pretty evenly matched for the day as both sides traded handling errors and possession for the game.
The Owls had spent the time at training to work on their dominating scrum after huge contests last week and we were able to see the fruition of this against the Dirty Reds side as they failed to get any proper go forward from their own feed. It was this kind of momentum from our side that allowed our set piece to shine on one particular occasion that ended with a clinical spread of the ball wide into Tania Afamasaga’s hands as she stepped past the opposition and crossed the chalk.
After too many lost balls to last minute failed offloads we knew we had to stick to our guns and charge the ball up the midfield in the second half. This attack and big defensive efforts from the Dirty Reds focused on our forwards allowed us to send the ball to the edges on a few occasions with one being particularly successful as Izzy Atkinson-Smith flew over the line in her first try of the season after some beautiful line work from backs like Pesi Palu and Emerina Marsh-Kiro.

Pesi was an envious mix of classy and dangerous all day on the park as she made holes in the defensive line out of nothing and surely made the most metres with the ball out of anyone on the pitch. An exit kick in the dying minutes of the match which turned into an eye watering chip and chase by the centre saw her pluck the ball out of thin air over a few open mouthed Goulburn players and charge up the field with an offload to

Claudia Obst that sealed the game for the girls in green and blue. It was this kind of flying effort that earnt Pesi 2 points for the day. 3 points went to Bubba who showed off her skill across both halves and hustled in immense defensive efforts, even being the target of attack for a relentless pick and drive attempt that could not get past our flyhalf. The 1 pointer was shared between Rosaline Aumale and Dana-Louise Deklin
who turned out another match of heavy defence and hard running lines showing why we can always rely on them when they step out on the pitch.
Despite the seemingly successful score we have definitely walked into this bye week with plenty to work on and grateful for a week of rest. Good luck is in order for our 10s side running out tomorrow evening against ADFA and to the rest of the club in what is sure to be another gorgeous day of springtime footy on the weekend.
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