Rugby Roosters kick off new season
The Tasmanian rugby season kicked off at Rugby Park recently, with the Eastern Suburbs Roosters fielding both men’s and women’s seniors teams.
The men had a full squad of 23 players against the Taroona Penguins, with six debutants proudly wearing the team’s maroon and white.
The Penguins went into half time leading 31-0 and would go on to win 65-7, with captain Paul Enright scoring the Roosters’ only try.
The women’s competition’s ‘gala day’ format saw the Roosters play three matches, with the side finishing fourth out of six teams.
In the first game against Launceston, the Rooster’s youngest player, Mia Mason, made the most of her speed and skill to score two runaway tries. Mia’s mother Kristy
Mason sidestepped an opponent to score her first ever try as the Roosters claimed a 21-12 victory.
The second match against University saw the debut of Caroline Salter, who made up for her lack of experience with enthusiasm.
The Roosters’ injuries and exhaustion were taking their toll by the third game against the Harlequeens. Mia Mason scored and converted in the final two matches but her valiant effort was not enough to secure a win in either.
The Easts men’s and women’s teams have failed to win a match in subsequent rounds and currently sit at the bottom of the ladder.
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