Group 6, 16 and 7s best rugby league players played for Greater Southern Region Stars selection at Mackay Park, Batemans Bay on April 23.
Group 16 tackled Group 6 in the senior men’s trial, while Group 16, 6 and 7 played the first ladies’ league tag selection play-off.
Group 6 winger Josh Mcilvenny open scoring, following a slick offload by Jacob Loko.
Group 6 set up its next try through the ruck and Ray Cashmere planted the ball shortly before half-time. Anthony Provost converted for the 10-nil half-time lead.
Group 6 scored first in the second half, but a short-time later Group 16 was on the scoreboard. Half-back James Bower-Scott threw a big dummy to his right and ran through a hole to score under the black dot. He converted his try for a 6-16 scoreline.
Group 16 pressed to score, but could not cross the white stripe again. Group 6 fullback Chris Browne had a few explosive line breaks over the final 20 minutes and helped his score three more tries, winning 32-6.
Ladies’ play-off showcase
Group 16, 7 and 6 league tag players had two 20-minute matches to impress selectors for the first Greater Southern Region Stars side.
Group 7 defeated Group 16 12-4. For its first try, Group 7 stacked its backline and Ebony Murray scored after some precision passing for a 4-nil lead.
Jamie Emerson scored from a dummy-half run and Tyler Finn ran around the outside of the defence, Group 7 leading 12-nil.
When Group 16 had good field position shortly before full-time, Bega Chicks’ Joc Rogers kicked cross-field and clubmate Maddison Parbery plucked the bouncing ball from the air in goal, spinning around to score.
Group 6 and 7 played to the final siren with Group 7 hanging on to win, 9-8, despite a thrilling last Group 6 field-goal fake play.
Group 6’s Nicole Mallam and Caitlin Partridge and Group 7’s Alana Glasson and Carly Ryan scored tries. Ryan’s try was a highlight. Talia Atfield kicked over the defence and Ryan caught the ball on the full, outpacing the defence to place the ball under the crossbar.
Group 16 came close to scoring, but was kept out, losing the final clash 12-nil to Group 6.