19 March, 2022
Cougars host Platypi at Gulargambone
Castlereagh Women's Rugby League
Last weekend the Castlereagh Cougars hosted
the Panorama Platypi in their last home game at
Gulargambone. The weather was perfect for some
great footy and for many of the Castlereagh teams
a win was needed to secure a semi-final spot.
The U13s played a top of the table clash, with
the winner securing the top spot. Both teams went
in hard and neither wanted to lose.
The first half
saw the Platypi girls show some great attacking
and ball running to score the first couple of tries,
this didn’t deter the Castlereagh girls though, who
hit back with a couple of tries of their own through
some great runs from forwards Marlea Moss and
The game continued to be one of back and forth
between both teams, with Platypi scoring two more
tries to Castlereagh’s one coming from Mokoia
Birtles out of dummy half before half time, with
Platypi going into half time 20-12.
The second half was much of the same from
A few errors early in the half meant the Platypi scored a quick try off their fullback. This was followed by another try to their five-eight to secure eight more points. The Castlereagh girls continued to fight back coming close on multiple occasion but unlucky to cross the line.
With the final hooter going
Panorama Platypi finished their season off undefeated
beating the Castlereagh girls 20-12.
A big congratulations to the U13s team who for
most had never played rugby league before going
into their semi-final.
Points for the game went to:
three Tierrah Nicholls, two Talloulah Moore, one
Mokoia Birtles and Player’s Player was shared by
Keisha Thompson and Mokoia Birtles.
Both U15s teams were fighting it out for fourth
to secure that semi-final spot. The Castlereagh
girls needed a win, but the determined Platypi
weren’t going to give up that easy.
we’re strong through the middle with good runs
from Adda Craig, Temia Taylor and Sharna
Forgione, leading to two strong tries from Adda
Craig. Platypi were determined to stay in the game
and continue to work hard gaining good field position
on many occasions and we’re lucky to get a try
before half time, going into the break 8-6.
half saw both teams come out hard to secure
that win, with the weather getting warm both teams
found it hard to maintain the pace and ferociousness
of the first half forcing many errors from both
teams. Platypi continued to push hard scoring
three tries in the half and keeping Castlereagh
Both teams played good hard footy with
Platypi defeating Castlereagh 20-12 securing their
semi-final spot and ending the Castlereagh girl’s
Points for this game went to: three Adda
Craig, two Ella Hanney, one Natalie Gallen with
players player also going to Adda Craig.
Although not in semi-final contention, the U17s
were searching for their first win. The competing
teams were both unlucky not to have wins during
Platypi come up a bit short on players
for the day reducing the game to nine-a-side. After
gelling well over the last few weeks, the girls were
keen for a win together however, got off to a bit of
a slow start letting in four tries to their two. In the
second half a very different team come back onto
Strong leading runs through the middle by
Missy Karaitiana, Hallie Hogden and Amy Verrall,
gaining great field position, leading to multiple tries
to Missy, Hallie, Olivia and Jardi.
Platypi continued to fight back,
through a try of their own. It wasn’t
enough to keep out the Castlereagh
girls, who again were strong through
the middle with more tries to Sarah
Morley and Temia Taylor.
were just as good out wide with Jardi
Naden and Olivia Milson scoring a
hat-trick each through some great
The Castlereagh girls defeated
Platypi 54-26 finishing their season
off with a great hard fought win.
Points for the game went to: three
Hallie Hogden, two Sarah Morley,
one Missy Karaitiana and Player’s
Player went to Olivia Milsom.
The U19s we’re out looking to
secure their semi-final spot with
Platypi coming in short players on the
day they too reduced to nine-a-side
in what was warming up to be a hot
This game was short lived
however with Platypi having to forfeit
at halftime due to injury and lack of
players with the score finishing at 46-
0. The game nevertheless saw strong
performances form Shakaye Walker
and Ashanti Pennell leading the way
display classy ball skills and attacking
prowess executing plays, scoring
multiple tries each and setting up
This come off great
defence from tackle machines
Amarlee Vallette and Maddy
Masman putting in huge workloads.
The always reliable Hannah Carroll
had some strong ball carries and
made some dynamo tackles coming
away with two tries in the game.
Other strong performances come Jannali Dwyer and Missy who was strong backing up from 17s tackling and ball running when she was on the field.
Points for the game went to:
three Hannah Carroll, two Amarlee
Vallette, one Ashanti Pennell and
Player’s Player going to Hannah
Open: Castlereagh v Platypi
In the last game of the day, the
Cougars headed out against the top
placed team Platypi, who were looking
to secure the minor premiership.
While the Cougars were looking to
secure a semi-final spot for the first
time in many years.
The game started out fast paced
with Platypi scoring first through
some hard running forwards. Castlereagh
was quick to hit back, gaining
some good field position to put Tori
Canham close enough for a short
kick through to chase and score herself,
with the score 6-4.
The game continued to be back
and forth with some big hits coming
from both teams. Again, the Castlereagh
girls were not ready to give up.
Although they were feeling the heat,
they were lucky to score through
some good ball play and quick thinking
from Channy Burgess to find the
line, taking the score to 8-6 in favour
Platypi, however, were not giving
up that easy and scored again, taking
back the lead with the score 10-8.
With minutes to go before halftime,
a great kick-off from Tori
Canham drew a Platypi error, allowing
young gun Hannah Carroll to
recover the ball. She ran 10 metres taking multiple
Platypi defenders with her, only to
offload to speedster winger Kylie
Campbell to run in for a much needed
try on the half-time hooter. This
boosted the confidence of the
Castlereagh girls leading at the break
Strong first half performances
were put in from Tori Canham, Emily
Ryan, Channy Burgess, Sammy
Turnbull, Maddy Masman and
Shakaye Walker both backing up
from previous games that day.
The second half begun a bit slower
for the Castlereagh girls. Platypi
showed why they are on top of the
ladder, hitting back with some good
ball movement finding an overlap out
wide to score the first try.
continued to be a good one with
some great football on display from
Strong ball carries from Courtney
Penfold and Nikeata McMaster both
back up from U19s. Maddie Bretag
and Gemma Williams helped the
team to get good field position on
This allowed Castlereagh to score
next through some good ball movement
skills from Shakaye Walker to
put Emily Ryan down the edge running
a good 30 metres to score.
girls continued to play good footy
together although the heat of the day
didn’t not help and added to the
handful of errors from both teams.
Castlereagh dominated through
the middle, with good plays from
Sammy Turnbull and ever reliable
hooker Maddy Masman to link up
with Tori Canham to score her second
try of the day.
A strong ball run from Sammy
Turnbull, to find a hole and beat multiple
defenders, to score a great try
under the post, secured Castlereagh’s
win. The final score being 32-
Points for the game went to: three
Tori Canham, two Emily Ryan, one
Channy Burgess and Player’s Player
was Sammy Turnbull.
This week the U13s, U19s and opens all head to Grenfell to try and secure a grand final spot.