The sizeable crowd leaving Robertson Oval Dunedoo on a rainy Sunday afternoon yesterday would have had few complaints about the standard of the rugby league that they had just witnessed in what was the historic opening round of the Western Women’s Rugby League Championships(WWRLC).
Even though Castlereagh ran away with the seniors match the final score didn’t indicate the commitment and skills of both sides and it was probably an unfair result in terms of what the Woodbridge team put into the game.
In the end the Greg Larkin coached Castlereagh League outfit ran out 36 to nil winners and looked like they had been playing together for some time.
The game opened at a cracking pace and Castlereagh front rower Channy Burgess opened the scoring after seven minutes, crashing over beneath the posts.
She made it a double in the 24th minute and five-eighth Tori Canham dribbled a loose ball into the in-goal area and dived on it to make it 18-nil at the break.
Seven minutes into the second half the Cougars worked the ball downfield and on the back of another strong charge from Burgess and Canham dived over from dummy half to take the score out to 24 to nil.
Fullback Maria Nagy crossed with fifteen minutes remaining, then Burgess powered over once again, with Canham making it a perfect day with the boot.
Earlier the Woodbridge Cup Under 18s won 30 to 16.
The teams travel to Forbes next Saturday to play against Group 11 in the second round of the WWRLC.