Hawks Claim Inaugural Western Women’s Nines

Updated: November 6, 2017
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The Orange Hawks completed an undefeated season to be crowned the first-ever CRL Western Region Women’s Nines Premiers at Caltex Park, Dubbo over the weekend.

The Hawks were brilliant throughout the inaugural tournament and capped off a dynamic five-week display by toppling Mountain View Misfits 34-4 and Dubbo Westside 16-4 to claim the title.

With the wet conditions more suited to winter football, the Hawks weren’t scared to utilise their expansive style and managed to pile on 50 points in just two matches.

Hawks were clearly the number one team all season, scoring 216 points and conceding just 38 across 10 victories.

Sophie Stammers was a star for Hawks all season and scored two tries on Saturday including a 60m runaway effort against Westside to be named as the 2017 CRL Western Region Women’s Tackle Player of the Year.

Ella-J Harris wasn’t far behind Stammers across the season and scored a brace across the gala day; while powerhouse pair Jacky Lyden and Emily McDonald posted doubles in the big win against Mountain View Misfits.

After Rebecca Ford had done most of the goal-kicking for Hawks in 2017, McDonald also stepped up to land four goals from five attempts when handed the conversion duties to tally 16 points for the day.

In the other match on gala day, Mountain View finished their season in style with a 24-8 win against Dubbo Westside.

Rhianna Sutherland had a match to remember for the Misfits, scoring a hat-trick and two goals; while the consistent Tori Canham took her season haul to 42 points (including finals day) with a try and two goals. .

Organisers will be looking to grow the event next year with new ideas and concepts to lessen the impact of the region’s massive geographical area to help increase each side’s week-to-week availability.

 

MATCH SCORES: CRL WESTERN REGION WOMEN’S TACKLE NINES GALA DAY 

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4 @ CALTEX PARK, DUBBO

ORANGE HAWKS 34 (Jacky Lyden 2, Emily McDonald 2, Sophie Stammers, Sally Dwyer, Ella-J Harris tries; McDonald 2, Rebecca Ford goals) defeated MOUNTAIN VIEW MISFITS 4 (Samantha Turnbull try)

MOUNTAIN VIEW MISFITS 24 (Rhianna Sutherland 3, Tori Canham tries; Sutherland 2, Canham 2 goals) defeated DUBBO WESTSIDE 8 (Tarlee Roberts, Jinnaya Tyson tries)

ORANGE HAWKS 16 (Sophie Stammers, Lailee Phillips, Ella-J Harris tries; McDonald 2 goals) defeated DUBBO WESTSIDE 4

 

 WESTERN WOMEN’S NINES  INDIVIDUAL AWARD WINNERS

PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Sophie Stammers (Orange Hawks)

LEADING POINT-SCORER: Meredith Jones (Bathurst St Pat’s 11T, 0G, 44Pts (also leading try-scorer)

MOST IMPROVED: Jay Ewers (Mountain View Misfits)

VOLUNTEER AWARDS: Will Phillips (Orange Hawks), Adam Ryan (Wellington), Greg Larkin and Angela Howe (Mountain View Misfits), Brigette Fernando (Dubbo Westside), Mick Armstrong (Bathurst St Pat’s).  *Oberon-Nyngan, Macquarie and CYMS’ volunteers to be named at a later date.

 

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