It was mixed results for our Pathways teams in Round 15, as the Central Coast Roosters dominated once again, the North Sydney Bears fell short and the Jersey Flegg side finished with a draw.
Central Coast Continue Dominance Ahead of Finals
Despite being without their State of Origin assigned players, the Central Coast Roosters finished off the regular season with a strong victory over Glebe Dirty Reds, winning 46-nil.
With the likes of Taneka Todhunter, Ruby Smith, Jorja Holden and Jazlyn Evans making their Harvey Norman Women's Premiership debut in the final weeks of the regular season, the Roosters have set themselves up for the future in the Women's game - and the four debutants did their chances of further appearances no harm against Glebe.
Match: CC Roosters v Dirty Reds
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Venue: Morry Breen Oval, Central Coast
A close first half saw the Tricolours up 8-nil following tries to Tayla Predebon and Claire Reed, but the floodgates opened in the second half with seven tries scored in a 26-minute period, which saw Holden, Smith, Jayme Fressard and Shannon Evans add their names to the scoresheet, with Predebon finishing with a hat-trick.
For the second year in a row, the Central Coast Roosters have been undefeated in the regular rounds, and will now enjoy a two week break before playing in the Preliminary Final on July 10.
Central Coast Roosters 46 (Tayla Predebon 3, Jayme Fressard 2, Claire Reed, Jorja Holden, Ruby Smith, Shannon Evans tries; Jocelyn Kelleher 5 goals) def Glebe Dirty Reds 0
Bears Downed in Close Encounter with Penrith
The North Sydney Bears were gallant in defeat, going down to the ladder-leading Penrith Panthers 26-16 on Saturday afternoon.
It was a welcomed return to the field for young Rooster Billy Smith, who marked his first game of the season with a try in the sixteenth minute, much to the elation of his teammates.
Despite a 12-8 half-time lead thanks to a late try to Brad Abbey, the Panthers scored three quick-fire four-pointers in the third quarter of the match to take the lead.
A try to Josh Bergamin breathed life into the Bears, but the scores were set for the final fifteen minutes of the contest, with North Sydney falling short in the end.
With the representative round, the Bears' next game will be against fellow Foundation Club Newtown in Round 16 at Henson Park.
North Sydney Bears 16 (Billy Smith, Brad Abbey, Josh Bergamin tries; Ronald Volkman 2 goals) def by Penrith Panthers 26
Roosters Jersey Flegg Match High Flying Panthers
The Sydney Roosters Jersey Flegg side battled out a stalemate with the Penrith Panthers, in a 22-all draw on Friday night.
Easts started off with a bang, scoring the first four tries of the match as Jacob Preston and Luke Knight got over, before winger Vuate Karawalevu bagged a double to take a 16-6 lead going into half-time after a late try to their opponents.
Match: Panthers v Roosters
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Venue: BlueBet Stadium, Penrith
The home side hit back once again, and although Jack Mossman crossed with 20 minutes left to extend the lead, the Panthers scored two quick-fire tries in the dying minutes to lock up the scores, with neither side able to take the lead and the two competition points.
The Roosters Jersey Flegg side will enjoy two weeks off with representative round and the bye, before hosting the Wests Tigers in Round 17.
Sydney Roosters 22 (Vuate Karawalevu 2, Jacob Preston, Luke Knight, Jack Mossman) draw with Penrith Panthers 22