North Tamworth crowned Group 4 Women's Nines champions

Champions: North Tamworth were crowned Group 4 Women's Nines champions on Saturday.
Champions: North Tamworth were crowned Group 4 Women's Nines champions on Saturday.

Impervious defence and scintillating attack proved a potent mix for North Tamworth.

The Bears growled their way to the CRL Group 4 Womens 9's spoils with an impressive final round performance at Tamworth Rugby Park on Saturday.

After accounting for Bendemeer 24-4 they sealed the silverware with an 18-nil win over Werris Creek.

It completed an undefeated campaign and was extra sweet for the players that were involved with the Tamworth Rebels in the inaugural North West Women’s Nines played earlier in the year.

Undefeated through the pool rounds they were pipped at the post by the Tingha Untouchables.

Bears fullback Kim Resch was part of that Rebels outfit and one of the stars for the all-conquering North Tamworth side, scoring a hat-trick against Bendemeer.

As the final round scores attest to, one of the secrets to their success was their defence, which was almost impenetrable.

“I was at fullback and I don’t think I had to make that many tackles,” Resch said, paying credit to their defensive line for that.

It was something they worked hard on at their weekly Tuesday training sessions under the guidance of Bears first graders James Cooper and Jake McManus ​

They fused that sturdy defence with some brilliant attack, Resch having no doubt that the familiarity between the side, particularly the playmakers, made a big difference.

She said it was overall a great tournament.

“Each week all the teams just got better and better and each week it was more competitive,” she said.

The footy focus now shifts to rugby seven’s.

At least five of the Bears side are playing for Forsyth’s in the second installlment of the Tamworth Summer 7s.

They made a winning start to what is effectively a title defence on Thursday night winning both of their games.

“We won the tournament last year and we’ve got pretty much the same team.

“Fingers crossed we can take home the silverware again,” Resch said.