FILLIES: The St George Frillnecks Fillies hosted their first ever Rugby Sevens carnival at the weekend.
FILLIES: The St George Frillnecks Fillies hosted their first ever Rugby Sevens carnival at the weekend. Emma Dohle

First-time players belt experienced Toowoomba side

RUGBY UNION: The St George Frillneck Fillies looked to continue their impressive undefeated run as they hosted Round Two of the Emilee Cherry Cup.

The Frillnecks played host to their first home game for 2019 and, with the crowd in turning out for the first ever ladies rugby union carnival at Rowden Park.

The Fillies played three consecutive matches against USQ, Toowoomba Rangers and the Condamine Coddettes.

Coach Simon Lane said, with plentiful numbers of players keen to pull on the red jersey, the girls were determined to finish with three wins.

"An eager crowd awaited in less than ideal conditions, to witness history as the Fillies hosted their first ever carnival,” Lane said.

"After some bruising hits and strong running the Fillies finished with a win in their first game against USQ, 19-7.

"The game saw excellent defence from Rikki lee Hazard, team camaraderie and finished off by strong running from our vice captain Alice Rathie complemented by a huge effort from our Captain Sarah Cookson converting two from three goals.”

But it was the Condamine Coddettes who stood in the way of the Fillies going three from three again.

Lane said the girls showed courage against a formidable squad.

"Lucy Seville led from the front showing the girls how to put a shot on and a never die attitude but unfortunately the girls came up short with a loss of 36-0.”

After regathering composure from the mistakes of the previous game, the Fillies walked all over the Toowoomba Rangers putting on a rugby exhibition for the crowd.

"A stellar all round performance from Jess Jackson followed by exceptional support play from Livy Hoolihan, Isobel Morice, Alice Rathie and Tess Worboys saw the team run in 43 in answered points,” Lane said.

"The 43-0 win has put us on top of the Emilee Cherry Cup ladder, leading the comp by three competition points.”

This weekend will see the annual Frillnecks Rugby Ladies Day at Rowden Park with USQ travelling to play a hungry Frillies Men's team keen to keep their undefeated home run going.

With events kicking off at 12pm and the main entertainment starting at 2pm, the Frillnecks invite everybody to come down for a day of flowers, Fillies and footy.

Ladies Day tickets can be purchased at the gate for $70.


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