Bulls go down

Narrandera’s Emily Poole (No 3) takes down the opposition in the Country Championships match between Riverina Bulls and Monaro Colts. Photo: Kim Woods.

Narrandera’s Emily Poole played a key role in the Riverina Bulls women’s tackle side at the Country Championships on the weekend.

In round two of the competition, the Bulls went down to Monaro Colts 14-8 in front of a home town crowd at Leeton.

Leeton hosted the Country Championships on Sunday with the Riverina Bulls taking on the Monaro Colts in the Under 16s, Women’s, Under 18s and Under 23s divisions.

The Bulls Women’s tackle side had lost to Illawarra in round one, with Emily scoring two tries for the side.

Another Narrandera player, Bodean Tereva played with the Riverina Bulls Under 16s side.

Emily, 21, was selected last year to play in the Group 20’s first female rugby league side and played in the Albury Thunder Women’s Nines Carnival with Group 20 making it to the semi-finals.

Awarded Yanco-Wamoon’s players player and most consistent in 2019, Emily usually plays centre in league tag and full back in the open women’s tackle.

Playing in the centre, Emily said the Bulls went into the match under strength due to injuries, with key players Sophie Gaynor and Tess Staines out with injury from the previous week.

“The whole team has had a lot of injuries over the whole season – before round one we lost two players through injury.

“We had to change player positions as Tess had played full back.”

Emily described the game as quite physical and “feisty” as the match progressed, with the Colts leading 12-4 at half time.

Normally she would be preparing with Yanco-Wamoon Hawks for the Group 20 league tag season but the competition has now been suspended.

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