The Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy have survived their first game of the Tarsha Gale Cup with a stunning victory (30-0) over the Parramatta Eels at Ringrose Park last Saturday.
After a slow start to the game with both teams struggling to find their way, the pace started to pick up when Roosters fullback Avalon Pallier stormed through the line and scored the first try twenty minutes into the first half.
A boost in confidence and will power to control the game was obvious when winger Jade Doyle had a 40 meter run before a great tackle by the Eels. This didn’t let Doyle down because just seconds later, she attacked again and scored a try which led to a 10-0 half time advantage.
The Eels were trying to come back into the game just before the end of the first half, showing some strong defence, but were left with no chance to get through to the line.
The visitors continued strong in the second half, not letting the Eels take advantage of the game. This was shown shortly after the start with a remarkable run by Roosters centre Sophie Whitton leading to their third try (16-0).
The confidence of the Eels evaporated as the visitors made it tough for them to get good possession of the ball. The Roosters stayed undefeated throughout the second half with strong defence making it hard for their opponent to get the ball over through the middle.
It all seemed to be the best start to the Tarsha Gale Cup for the Indigenous Academy after a remarkable pass by Tayla Montgomery to Keilee Joseph and then over to Jazamon Tupou Witchman to score, expanding their lead to 30-0 just minutes before the end.
Shortly after, the game was called off after Witchman got injured in a tackle. The entire team is wishing her all the best and hoping to see her back on the field soon.
It was a win built on character as the Sydney Rooster Indigenous Academy gained confidence and fought strong after a slow start to the game. The team maintained their ground throughout the game, with a brilliant team play.
After the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy round 1 game was postponed last weekend due to the heavy rain, the weather was perfect and the team had great support from family and friends who were cheering them on throughout the game.
It was a good start for the Sydney Roosters Indigenous Academy who are hoping to make it to the finals berth this year after failing to make the top 8 in 2019.