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League-Touch Round 1 wrap

Jason Stanton

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Cronulla-Caringbah played host to the first games of League-Touch on Sunday 15th May in what was a historic day for Rugby League and Touch football.

Spectators were treated to a range of skillful tries that featured chips, grubbers, cross-field kicks, cut out passes, and some of the best side-steps seen in the Shire this weekend.

The conversions were a hit with all the players, and had the crowd cheering for the girls.

This week’s featured game was in the Ladies division which saw the Taren Point Titans challenge the Gymea Gorillas.

The game got off to a cracking start when Akira Kelly’s solo kick and chase resulted in the first ever League-Touch try.

The conversion was successful and the Titans jumped out to a 6-0 lead.

This seemed to spark Gymea into action and they responded with an entertaining string of passes resulting in a try of their own.

Both teams played an expansive style of footy, with the last tackle high kicks being hard to handle for fullbacks.

Akira Kelly’s footwork was a feature of the first half, as were Caiti Rogers’ efforts. Both Kelly and Rogers were ear-marked as exceptional talents, and are to be closely watched this season.

At half time Taren Point held a slender lead with the score-line at that of 18-16.

Coach Rod Silva encouraged the Gymea girls to throw the ball around, while opposing mentor Christine Rigg gave some half-time pointers to keep the Titans in control of the game.

The second half continued to amaze the crowd as both teams stepped things up and warmed to the new concept.

Gymea looked to dominate with Marlee Silva and Sarah Stanton leading the way.

They were evenly matched by Akeisha Kelly and Victoria Rigg for the Titans, and in the final minutes of play the scores were all locked up.

Even though Gymea had scored more tries, the Titans exceptional goal kicking had kept them in the match.

In the end the difference was a great counter attack play from Gymea.

They spread the ball wide in their own half and found a crack in the Taren Point defence.

The length of the field try was against the run of play, though it was enough to boost the Gorillas and result in a final score of 34-28.

The match was a truly great game played by all and an excellent example of the skill in the ladies game.

 

Player of the Match: Caiti Rogers (Gymea)

 

Full results from Round1:

9’s:      De La Salle BLUE 52 – Como Jannali 0

9’s:      De La Salle GOLD 30 – Bosco 4

11’s:    Como Jannali WHITE 0 – De La Salle GOLD 0

11’s:    De La Salle BLUE 28 - Como Jannali GREEN 6

15’s:    Taren Pt BLACK 36 – Aquinis 10

15’s:    Taren Pt RED 24 – Como Jannali GREEN 14

15’s:    Como Jannali WHITE 18 – Cronulla Caringbah WHITE 16

15’s:    Cronulla Caringbah BLACK 26 – De La Salle 16

Opens: Gymea 34 – Taren Point 28

Opens: De La Salle 34 – Como Jannali 6