Yabbettes encouraged by effort against Parkes

Emily Richens was Young Yabbettes best in last Saturday's friendly match against Parkes Boars. Photo: Penny Le Poidevin
Emily Richens was Young Yabbettes best in last Saturday's friendly match against Parkes Boars. Photo: Penny Le Poidevin

Last Saturday's first home game of the season for the Young Yabbies kicked off with an invitational 10s match between the Young Yabbettes and Parkes Boars women's.

Game plans had to change, and players had to adapt due to the rainy conditions but no amount of rain could dampen the atmosphere at Cranfield Oval.

The two teams went at each other from the first whistle, but it was the Parkes ladies that busted through the line to put the first score on the board.

The home crowd was treated to a very physical match dominated by big contact and forward running. With the rain coming down and the ball getting as slippery as soap the ladies kept it in close and managed to rumble their way forward.

Taking advantage of a couple of Yabbettes mistakes in broken play Parkes managed to put more tries on before the main break.

The second half started much like the first with big contact and with possession going backwards and forwards. Huge runs from Em Richens and captain Becky Eastaway put the Yabbettes on the front foot.

However, it was Parkes again who put on points. At the final whistle the score was 47-0 to the Boars which didn't reflect how tough the match was for both teams.

"It was a tough day at the office but such a great challenge for us physically and mentally. We showed a lot of heart and just how willing we are to play for each other. Full credit to the Parkes girls for the win. I'd like to thank them so much for coming over for the friendly game," Yabbettes captain Becky Eastaway said.

The Yabbettes next outing is away against second placed Condobolin in Condobolin on Saturday.

The ladies outfit will be primed and ready to go for their second Westfund South Cup competition match.

Best and fairest points last week went to Emily Richens (3), Jamila Pericy (2), and Lily Parr (1).

Meanwhile, the men's Yabbies side are aiming to make it two straight wins at Condobolin on Saturday, following a morale boosting win over defending premiers Cootamundra last week.

It's been back to business this week ahead of the biggest road trip of the year, and after the thrill of the win over Cootamundra.

Incredibly, last week, Yabbies newcomer Will Wennerbom posted every point in Young's 26-24 victory, including two tries, two conversions and four successful penalty goals.

He earned the players player award and will aim to lead from the front again this weekend.

Three points last week went to Beau O'Connor, Hamish Kaverney (2) and Charlie Pittman (1). The men's game will begin at 3.15pm following the ladies.