Boorowa girls on fire in Canberra tackle

The Canberra Region Under 15s girls Rugby League competition kicked off over the weekend with West Belconnen hosting Goulburn at Higgins playing fields.

The first ten minutes saw Goulburn having the bulk of possession and field position, before a great run from Boorowa's own fullback Eliza Taylor split the Stockmens' middle defence.

Westies scored first in the 14th minute through a try to Kezia Hughes-Watts, who then missed her attempt at converting her own try.

Goulburn bounced back five minutes later, when their hooker dived over from close to the line at dummy half to score.

She then narrowly missed her conversion attempt with a good kick from out wide that hit the upright.

This was the last time both teams scored before half time, wrapping up the first half at 4 all.

After just a minute of the second half Boorowa's Eliza Taylor and Isabella Piper combined to make the most of the momentum gained off a break from Kezia Hughes-Watts in the scrum, with Eliza jumping in to dummy half to pass the ball to Isabella for her to score with her first run of the game.

Boorowa's Lily Rice just missed a tough kick from near the sideline to make the score 8-4.

Minutes after Goulburn's hooker looked to reply with a similar try to the one she scored in the first half, but was denied for losing the ball over the line.

A great run from front rower Sahara Waiariki-Wilson up the middle split the Goulburn defence to make a 40m break that got Westies back on the front foot before two plays later Kezia Hughes-Watts gave a beautiful pass for a try assist to Sahara Waiariki-Wilson and was rewarded for her excellent run with a four pointer under the posts.

The kick was converted by Kezia Hughes-Watts making the score 14-4 with 18 minutes left in the game.

The Boorowa players did some great lead up work with Isabella chasing a kick hard to force a drop out and Eliza making another linebreak off the drop out for Westies to score their fourth try halfway through the second term.

Kaelee Reed then scored after a tap from a penalty close to the Goulburn line.

Kezia Hughes-Watts made an accurate kick that just fell short of the posts from 2m in from the touch line.

Score 18-4

Five minutes later Sahara Waiariki-Wilson got her second try of the match after yet another barnstorming run from 20m out.

Kezia Hughes-Watts just missed the conversion. 22-4 with five minutes to go.

Goulburn's front rower got a consolation try under the posts with two minutes left.

She was just too strong for the Westies defence from close range.

Conversion was missed for the score to finish at 22-8.

A great overall performance from the girls to start the season.

Next week they play Queanbeyan away.

Other results over the weekend saw:

  • Queanbeyan 22 defeated Belconnen Sharks 16
  • Queanbeyan Kangaroos 26 defeated Cooma Colts 14