Polly Pratt Shield Win for Ladies


Saturday night saw the inaugural battle for the Polly Pratt Plate take place at McIndoe Park as a brand new rivalry between old rival clubs. The Pirtek Emerald Tigers Ladies team took on the Emerald Cowgirls in a tough match played in perfect evening conditions


Though the Cowgirls have come off a couple of comprehensive losses, the Tigers knew they wouldn’t lie down that easily as the two teams began a new conflict within Central Highlands Women’s Rugby League

There were a few big hits (top tackles going to Mari Rawiri n the lock position), barn storming runs (front rowers Nioaka Ross and Chantelle Nagel making mass metres) and foot work to mesmerise (Kelsie Parter ripped them apart through the middle during the entire game) which kept the sizeable crowd entertained during the curtain raiser

First half tries for the Tigers went to Cooper Hill (centre) and one each to second rowers Miranda Bartley and Bianca Cornelius. The Cowgirls right hand winger also scored a try, which showed that points were on offer out on the edges for the most patient and controlled side. As it were, Tigers took this one and went into the break with a lead of 16-4 (only one from three conversion attempts were successful)

The second half saw the Tigers settle into our work a bit more. Securing the ball, organising plays and shuffling defence (although our line was breached once by the big front rower Holly Skuxx running straight at me!). Tigers tries were scored by  the always reliable Kiri Sampson with a scoot from hooker, another to Hill and for the second week in a row, our little shorty, Kelsie Parter, crossed the line twice again, to bring the score out to 34-8 (conversions were only at 3 from 7 this week)

3, 2, 1 and Players player for the Tigers went to;

3 points – Kelsie Parter (halves)

2 points – Nioaka Ross (front row)

1 point – Miranda Bartley (second row)

Player’s player – Nioaka Ross