A young and fit Pirates side is getting ready to head to Moree tomorrow, to take on Scone Brumbies in the Women’s Central North Rugby Union Elimination Final.
Finishing third on the ladder, the Pirates have had a rollercoaster season plagued with injury and availability, and this weekend will be no different, as they look to deliver results.
“We’re looking pretty strong, nice and relaxed, and excited to start the finals series and show them what we can do.” said Jessie Middlemiss, Coach Pirates Women’s Team.
“Numbers are looking a little low unfortunately due to injury and commitments, but the squad we are taking in is looking very healthy and strong.”
“Full of young guns which is nice and refreshing.”
The team will be looking to their veterans to lead the charge.
“We have a few veterans on the squad, like Shae Partridge from Walcha, she is the captain and she is a great team leader and motivator, and we have Jacinta Cooper who has been playing for a few years now.”
“The team always look up to them and follow their guidance throughout the game.”
Pirates will be eager to stop Scone with the ball early and play it up the middle.
“Scone has a very strong forward pack, there attack is very strong, and we will be looking to shut that down and not let anyone out on the wing get through us.”
The Pirates have lined up against the Brumbies twice during the season, with Tamworth taking both games, but with very different score lines.
“We beat them quite conveniently at our home game but at their home game my girls had to dig a little deeper, due to the lack of numbers, and we just got the win.” said Jessie.
“Being on mutual ground and a finals game, you never know what will happen.”
Pirates Finals Footy
Pirates Rugby Club President says it’s been another good year for the club, with the ladies in this weekend’s elimination final and the two men’s sides, first and second grade, taking top honours on the ladder ahead of next Saturday’s major semi-final.
“We take great pride in our ladies rugby, have done for years, and we have had some good years and some really enjoyable years, overall, really happy with this year’s young side and the direction they are going.” said Mark Gallienne, President Pirates Rugby Club
“As a club we have done really well this season and I am really proud of all of them.”
“We have a lot of younger guys in the club now and a mix of some old boys still, so it is a transition period, and we are really happy with how we have dealt with it.”
CRNU Elimination Finals Game Details
Get down to Weebolla Rugby Club, Moree.
Gates open at 10:30am and $10 entry fee.
11:45m: Womens: Pirates Vs Scone Brumbies
1pm: Second Grade: Narrabri Boards V Barraba Rams
3pm: First Grade: Moree Weebolla Bulls Vs Narrabri Boars