Above: The Narrabri Rugby Club’s women’s sevens side scored a win against Gunnedah in the first match played on ladies’ day on Saturday at Dangar Park. Pictured are – back, Lauren Baguley, Alex Reed, coach Dean Hancock, Chelsea Hancock, Jessie Schwager, Zoe Tomlinson, Jenny Fowler, Daisy Robinson, trainer Campbell Hancock, front, Indi Harcombe, trainer Ashlyn Summers, Georgie Hancock, Emma Marvel, Matilda Hann, Toni Gale, April Smith, Amy Dyason, Lilly Cruckshank and Tenayah Woodward.
The Narrabri Rugby Club’s women’s sevens side had a successful outing at Dangar Park on Saturday, defeating the first placed Gunnedah Red Devils 21-14 in the opening ladies’ day match.
The first of two games played between the sides almost saw Narrabri score directly off Gunnedah’s kick off but unfortunately the home side dropped the ball before it could exploit an overlap.
Tenayah Woodward was able to open the scoring soon after, out-pacing the Red Devils’ defence to cross for the first try on the club’s ladies’ day.
Her try and successful conversion made the score 7-0.
Woodward then doubled Narrabri’s lead when she scored her second try in the contest after running a smart play in which she threw a dummy pass to a teammate who made an inside run.
The play fooled the Gunnedah defence and allowed Woodward to double her try and conversion tally, making the score 14-0.
Gunnedah was not going down without a fight and scored just before the half-time hooter.
The two sides tussled in the opening few minutes of the second half but it was the home side which struck first.
In her return from injury April Smith made an impact when she broke the defence with a terrific right-foot step and sprinted through the gap to score underneath the posts.
Smith converted her own try to take the lead out to 21-7 with four minutes remaining.
With one minute to go Gunnedah scored a converted try, setting up an intense final 60 seconds.
Gunnedah kicked off but Narrabri was able to control the ball and kick it out after the final hooter, finalising the score at 21-14.
In the second women’s sevens match, the Blue Boars were unable to repeat their terrific opening performance and were beaten 27-5.
Woodward scored Narrabri’s lone try in that contest.