The Jindabyne Miss Piggies travelled to Canberra to play top of the table Queanbeyan on Saturday and were keen to get their first win on the board.
The game was a physical affair and the loss of halfback Alannah Dickeson early to a hand injury meant some positonal changes had to be made. The much less experienced forward pack held their own against the bigger team and some strong defence by Amy Wagner, Kate Brown and Claire Mcdonnell provided some great attacking opportunities.
The Jindabyne lineout was outstanding, with Mcdonnell and Eve Milham winning lots of ball and getting some valuable go forward play.
Queanbeyan put together some good phases to get a couple of tries on the board before fullback Tayla Stanford slotted over a penalty goal. Following a move to number 10, Stanford then ran onto a great ball and headed down the sideline for a try right in the corner.
Some more great defence from stand in fullback Kate Atkinson and wingers Kate Waterhouse and Sarah Rossegger stopped some of Queanbeyan's attacking raids. Some more great forward play from Kate Needham and Mcdonnell continually frustrated the opposition but some unlucky bounces of the ball saw Queanbeyan score a few more tries.
More great defence from Stanford, breakaway Jess Whitley and prop turned centre Peta Cox again stopped more of Queanbeyan's drives up field.
The final score of 45-8 wasn't indicative of the massive effort put in by the whole team. The front row of Hannah Moloney, Cath Solway and Kerryn Burgess were out on their feet but kept on going, as did centre Jessie Cullen who played with an injury all of the game.
Even ex-Miss Piggie, Simone Dixon played the last part of the game as she was there as a spectator but threw on the boots and the pink head gear one more time to help out the team.
Coach Paul Livissianos said he was so proud of the huge effort every player put in against the much more experienced side and hoped it can give them some much needed confidence leading into the next two home games.
Players Player went to Claire Mcdonnell, as did the coach's 3 points. 2 points went to Amy Wagner and 1 point to Tayla Stanford.