The U14 Red Falcons are preparing for their next challenge, a replay of last year’s grand final, but they go into that clash in Cooma fresh from recent success in Canberra.
The Red Falcons are made up of players from the Cooma Red Devils and Far South Coast Falcons Rugby Union Clubs, and take in young women from the Snowy Monaro, Eurobodalla, and Bega Valley, they participate in the ACT & SthNSW Rugby Union Junior Girls 10s series.
Last weekend it was teammate against teammate when the local girls took on competition newcomers – Canberra Grammar School.
Falcons’ Secretary (and proud rugby mum) Kate Howarth reports, “The young Falcons played an entertaining match last Saturday in Canberra, well and truly controlling the game from kick-off till final whistle, running out thumping victors to the tune of 85 points to 15 over Canberra Grammar School.”
“After the previous week’s close loss to Wests Rugby Club, the team worked hard throughout the week to improve on their previous week’s performance and were looking for redemption.”
The Falcons showed vast improvement overall, but especially so their cohesive team play and match intensity, a shot of confidence going into the grand final rematch on June 1.
“Due to a lack of numbers the Red Falcons loaned players to Canberra Grammar and it was time for teammates to test their metal against friend and foe alike,” Kate says.
“The sportsmanship and desire to do well – whatever team the girls were playing on was excellent, showing the character of the girls who make up the Red Falcons.”
Tries for the Red Falcons proper were scored by Emily Quodling (Cooma) who picked up a hat-trick, Jess Howarth (Bega) romped in five, India Dyball (Cooma) one try and five glorious conversions, Abby Christison (Bega) one try, Luka Hutcheson (Narooma) scored another hat-trick of tries, Jordana Breden (Cooma) one try and Erin Trevanion (Cooma) scored an amazing try after catching a pass one-handed and behind her back like any future Wallaroo would.
Jane Hudson (Narooma) was instrumental and played particularly well, delivering some beautiful passes in flowing backline movements. Red Falcon Clara Thornton (Cooma) scored twice for Canberra Grammar while on loan, showing her hunger for the white chalk. Emily Quodling also pulled one off for Grammar, during her turn on the other side of the field.
Newcomers to the side Abby Douch (Cooma), Rubi Williams (Cooma), Belle Adams (Cooma), Belle Vaughan (Tathra) and Bridie Stafford (Tathra) showed they’ve got the right stuff to shine in upcoming games and are excellent additions to the Red Falcons unit.
Next, for the Red Falcons, it’s last years Under 14 Premiers – Vikings Rugby Club. Both sides played in the 2018 Grand Final and the June 1 rematch at Cooma is shaping to be another epic encounter between these two well-fancied teams.
Go the Falcons!