Thirlmere Roosters win pre-season title
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The Thirlmere Roosters took home the first bit of silverware for 2016 from the Group 6 rugby league pre-season tournament on Sunday.
The Roosters faced Oakdale in the grand final at Appin Sportsground and began brightly.
Thirlmere youngster Riley Nairn crossed the line for the opening try of the match and gave his side a 6-0 lead at half-time.
Oakdale fought for the full match, and managed to score in the last minute through Nathan Schwartz, but the conversion attempt was wide, and Thirlmere took the title with a 6-4 win.
Thirlmere captain/coach Lelea Paea was pleased with his side’s effort in the competition, but said he wasn’t reading too much into their win ahead of their round one derby with Picton in two week’s time.
In the Women’s League Tag final, Thirlmere met Campbelltown City in a thrilling encounter.
Thirlmere captain Nicki Hallam opened the scoring for the Roosters, before Jodie Diaz replied for the Roos, levelling the scores before Caitlin Portridge crossed at half-time, giving City an 8-4 lead.
Stephanie Vukovic opened the scoring in the second half for City, extending their lead to 12-4, but Thirlmere managed a late try to reduce the margin to 12-8, before the siren sounded.
City Women’s coach Kurt Mangan was pleased with his side’s win.
Round one of the Group 6 rugby league premiership begins on Saturday, April 2, when Oakdale welcomes The Oaks to Sid Sharpe Oval while Picton heads to Thirlmere Sportsground for a meeting with the Roosters.
Elsewhere, Camden will make the trip to Narellan to play against the Jets
Moss Vale will travel to Mittagong Sportsground to play against the Lions.