The league tag girls stay clear on top of the G19 ladder

Glen Innes Magpies ladies league tag team consolidated first place on the ladder with a hard-fought victory against Moree Boomerangs. 

Chris Pedlow, pictured against Inverell earlier this year was named as one of Glen Innes' best on Saturday against Moree.

Chris Pedlow, pictured against Inverell earlier this year was named as one of Glen Innes' best on Saturday against Moree.

The girls sit two points clear of Tingha and Armidale on the Group 19 ladder and will keep their lead for another week with the bye this weekend. The week off couldn’t come at a better time with the Magpies nursing a few bumps and bruises after a physical encounter against the ‘Rangs. 

The Glen Innes girls didn’t let the physicality determine the outcome and posted 14 points to nil to win. 

“They just belted our girls and it was just a spoiling game,” co-coach David Biddle said. 

“Some of the young girls who hadn't experienced it, they were dropping the ball before they got it.

“The senior ones were great because they stepped up and looked after the younger ones as well.”

The Magpies were missing six players from their lineup but stepped up to the plate.

Biddle said the team who took the field “stuck solid” and Moree failed to puncture their defensive line. 

“The best game our girls have played for a long time, just sticking together,” he said. 

“The nil was the thing we were happy with and the way they won the game, they really dug in deep and had a go.” 

Ebony Gallagher, Emily McMenimen and Alana Lawson, in her last game for the Magpies, crossed for four-pointers. 

While the girls started the day with a win for the Magpies, the men’s sides were unlucky in their matches. 

The under 18s drew with the Boomerangs, 28-all, while reserve grade were beaten 52-4. 

The A grade team lost 64-10 but coach Nick Ehsman said they put in a bold performance against the second-placed Moree team.

“We are down on troops at the moment so we are going out there with half our team but we all stood up and had a go and the scoreline didn’t reflect the game,” he said. 

“We were in it for half an hour at one stage but they just have too much class in their team to let them get in front by 30 points, then we starting trying.”

The Glen Innes club welcomed the bye this round with the hope of regaining some troops prior to the following week’s game against Narwan. 

“We are definitely going to use the week off to rest and recuperate for the final part of the year,” Ehsman said. 

“We are going to try and knock off a few of the top teams leading into the finals, I don’t think we can make it at this stage but anything can happen at this stage.”