THE Illawarra Steelers’ Tarsha Gale side have continued their unbeaten start to the 2018 season, with an emphatic win on Saturday.
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After scoring 50 points in each of their first two matches, the Steelers went one better against the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy side, winning 76-24 at Henson Park.
The Steelers were led by Keeley Davis, who scored five tries in the victory, while Lily-Rose Bennett scored a hat-trick.
Group Seven’s Rhiannon Brown (Bomaderry) and Bronte Girlder (Stingrays) both scored four-pointers, along with Abby Holmes, Mikalya Kidd and Maddinson Weatherall.
Davis also landed 11 conversions to bring to her personal total for the match to 42 points.
Stingrays’ Bronte Girlder also landed a conversion.
Other Group Seven representatives in the Tarsha Gale squad include Dakotah Mannering (Bomaderry), Abbey Montgomery (Milton-Ulladulla) and Hannah England (Batemans Bay/Milton-Ulladulla).
Unfortunately the Steelers’ Harold Matthews and SG Ball sides couldn’t follow suit, suffering their first losses of the season to the Sydney Roosters.
The Harold Matthews side, which included Group Seven stars Joshua Coric, Harley Nizza and Cooper Tunbridge (all Albion Park-Oak Flats), Riley Wooden (Milton-Ulladulla) and Louie Chilver (Berry-Shoalhaven Heads), lost 19-12 despite tries from Talatau Amone and Tryone Roberts.
The Jono Dallas and Matt O’Brien coached SG Ball side didn’t fair much better, falling 36-16 – despite tries from Tyrone Harding, Hudson Spicer and Jayden Sullivan.
Group Seven juniors that featured in the match include Jack Walsh (Albion Park-Oak Flats), Tarje Whitford (Milton-Ulladulla), Blake Dowel (Warilla-Lake South) and Samuel Hooper (Warilla-Lake South).
In round four, the Steelers’ Tarsha Gale side will look to continue their unbeaten start to the season against the Canberra Raiders at Mollymook Oval on Saturday from 2pm.
While the SG Ball side will look to rebound against the West Coast Pirates at Ken Allen Field on Saturday at 8am – with the Harold Matthews team having the bye
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