Charging ahead in the game against Condobolin at Henry Lawson Park on July 22 was Girlanna Danielle Smith with Kate McSpadden, Brooke Eppelstun and Krystle Eppelstun in support.On Sunday, July 22, Grenfell faced off for their first battle against a young Condobolin team.
Condobolin were running third on the ladder, with us at fifth, so we knew it was going to be a close game.
From the kick-off, Condo came up with a knock-on which saw Grenfell gain good position early on.
Continuous errors from Condo allowed Grenfell to have multiple chances at attacking from a close range, and great ball work through the team, saw Kate McSpadden go over for a try.
She converted her own try which gave Grenfell the lead 6-0.
The half continued with Grenfell playing excellently, we were able to create a lot of opportunities from Condo’s errors, which led to a lot of time spent in our own half and keeping Condo away from their try line.
With only five minutes of the half to go, a kick from Grenfell was picked up by a speedy Condo player who was able to break our defensive line to run 60 metres for a try. This was a disappointing moment, as we had worked so hard and so well in defence to keep them scoreless and now with only minutes to go in the half.
The score was level 6-6.
From the tap off we used one of the moves we have been practicing at training and this lead to an excellent draw and pass from Krystle Eppelstun to Prue Hancock, who hit a hole at speed and was able to slice through defence and score under the posts.
As the half time bell sounded, the kick was converted and we went into the break leading 12-6.
Following half time, we knew Condo would try and get their act together, and it wasn’t long into the half that Condo found holes in our defence and were able to score, kick converted it was 12-12.
We were under pressure now, and some silly errors from us saw Condo get a penalty only metres from their line – another try, it was Condo 18 – Grenfell 12.
We weren’t losing hope though, and some great ball work between players saw us gain ground to be at our end of the field for the first time all half; an error from Condo this time gave Grenfell a penalty and Amber was able to score a try from the tap; conversion unsuccessful, Condo 18 – Grenfell 16.
Condo had really picked up their game, minimising errors and making good ground; a hard running player was able to split the defence close to the line to score, conversion unsuccessful Condo 22 – Grenfell 16.
There was less than two minutes on the clock but that was enough for us; a great set of six finished with a kick which a Condo player touched and then lost, resulting in the ball going over the sideline.
It was our ball and we were only metres from the line.
A dummy from dummy half fooled the opposition which left an overlap and Anna was able to draw some players leaving a gap for Prue to fly through and score.
As the final bell sounded our attempt at conversion was unsuccessful.
Final score Condo 22 – Grenfell 20.
It was a wonderful game from the girls, who were very proud of their efforts; our defensive work on the day was outstanding.
Mention must go to Karen Hancock – who was excellent in defence; Taya Frost and Deeanne Madgwick who both did a lot of work on the field especially from dummy half; and Prue, who had a cracker game.
This weekend we travel to Cargo, where we hope to reverse our first game efforts and come away with a win. Come along to support at 1pm.
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