KOOTINGAL Kootyliscious is relishing the chance to complete an undefeated season and win a premiership at the same time when it tackles Barraba in today’s Group 4 Ladies League Tag Grand Final at Barraba Recreation Ground.
Captain coach Zeta Knight can’t quite put her finger on why the team is so successful but is confident they can get their name on the trophy first.
“We just play well together,” Knight said
“We train hard and we play hard.”
In the first season of the competition, the team known as Kootyliscious has been a revelation, steamrolling the other four teams in the league for the first half of the season.
The last half of the season has seen the other sides catch up to the level of Kooty but none has matched it so far for the full 60 minutes.
It is no wonder the team is undefeated, with the playmaking skills and experience of Australian touch and Oztag representative Knight, as well as other girls such as Sonia Clayton, Kim Resch and Mikaela Spinks in the side.
“There are no real standouts or superstars,” Knight said.
“We all just gel as a team.”
Kootyliscious boasts ball skills, pace, and ability that can put the men’s side, the Roosters, to shame.
“I am confident we can win the premiership,” Knight said.
“We deserve it after this season and the way we have played.”
The side also received extra boosts when Sonia Clayton received highest points-scorer and tryscorer trophies at Wednesday night’s Group 4 Rugby League presentation at Gunnedah.
Clayton scored a brilliant 35 tries throughout the season and kicked two goals for a tally of 144 points.
She won the tryscoring title by 24 tries from teammates Taylor Phillis (11) and Tiffany Walsh (9) while Amanda Scott (Walcha) also crossed for 11 tries.
Barraba’s Megan Latham crossed for nine tries.
Walcha jilleroo Rhiannon Moran was the next best pointscorer with 61 points to Clayton but also walked away with the player of the year award.
She tallied 15 points to beat Clayton by two points. Barraba’s Sheridan White (7) was next followed by Dungowan’s Sarah Stackman (7) and Walcha’s Samantha Lord (6).
It’s a big day for Barraba with both sides in the grand final.