Mudgee has opened its Western Women’s Rugby League premiership campaign with a bang, holding firm against a fast-finishing Woodbridge Cup to win 36-32 at Canowindra’s Tom Clyburn Oval.
While Woodbridge Cup speedster Molly Hoswell was the stand-out player during Saturday’s opening round scoring five tries in her under-18 side’s big win over Mudgee, the senior Dragons girls prevailed on the back of a five-star showing from Harriet Messner.
Messner was instrumental in the Dragons’ first-up win and helped steel her side’s goal-line defence at the death, when Woodbridge Cup was throwing everything at the Red V wall.
“There was a head clash between two of our girls with five to go and they defended line with just nine players, and no reserves, for that whole time. It was pretty pleasing to see,” Dragons official Kathy Lang said..
“It was the first game of rugby league for all of them. It’s definitely something for them to build on and hopefully it’ll encourage a few more girls to come along and be involved.”
Haley Joseph scored a treble for the Dragons while Billy-Jane Hoole crossed for a brace in the four-point win, Messner kicked four goals.
For the Cup girls, Sarah Reyter bagged a brace while Nikita Campbell, Hayley Sharpless, Paige Selten and Chloe White all got their names on the scoresheet.
In the lower grades, Hoswell’s five-try effort highlighted Woodbridge’s big 66-8 win over the Dragons in the under 18s, while the Cup under 15s girls also enjoyed a strong win, Taylor Keppie scoring four tries in a 54-8 triumph.
In other first grade results, the Panorama Platypi had a bye and the Dubbo-based Goannas girls enjoyed a strong round one win against Castlereagh at Baradine.
Mudgee hosts the Goannas this weekend at Glen Willow.