Trio proves touch of class: division one girls lead the charge

Ryan Bank.
Ryan Bank.

ERIN Naden. Sophie Stammers. Lauren Williams.

They’re all names synonymous with sport in Orange, and in Stammers’ case Blayney.

More so, they’re names you’ll read plenty more of as the trio continues to dominate their respective sports, Stammers at league tag, Williams at netball and Naden, most recently, on the Aussie Rules field.

Naden’s equally adept at league tag, netball … virtually anything she tries her hand at.

But on Thursday night, the talented trinity was carving up for their respective touch outfits in the City of Orange Touch Association’s women’s division one competition.

Having led Blayney to their maiden league tag title in the Group 10 competition in September, Stammers scored half of her side’s touchdowns in a 6-4 thumping of Shenanigans, helping her side New Flames maintain pace with the competition’s top three.

While over on field seven, Naden scored a crucial brace to be the star performer in David Reid Homes’ 5-2 victory over Zoom Zoom, ensuring her side stays undefeated on top of the ladder.

Nick Wald

Nick Wald

Williams, too, was in fine form, bagging a treble as her side, the Dance HQ Top Dogs ran riot in a 5-1 win over Live and Let Try.

Williams’ side maintains its place in second, with all three of the women’s top sides claiming victory in round eight to ensure the cream continues its rises to the top of division one.

In other 5.50pm games on Thursday night, in the upset of the round, Cooper Reynolds and Ellis Hawker ran rings around their opposition in a 9-4 round ‘em up for the last-placed Gundamain Cowboys.

Reynolds and Hawker both crossed for hat-tricks in the nine-try rout of the Zippity Doodahs, a side best served by Kyran Ah-See and his treble of touchdowns.

Andrew Romano

Andrew Romano

The Fellas got out of jail in their clash with The Longbotts.

The Fellas’ gun Ben Giumelli’s three tries and a brace to Lachlan Wells helping their side to a 6-all draw with the finals bound Longbotts, although a win would have entrenched them in the race for the top four.

As they’ve done all season, Sean Carpenter and Leo Ferguson played leading rolls in crossing twice each in the drawn affair.

While the Kuzzies (Broz) remain on top of the men’s division five ladder thanks to a win over Whitey’s Tries.

Tuesday’s mixed competition is also heating up, with the New Recruits pipping Got 99 Problems But My Step Ain’t One in a tight division one clash.

Led by guns Holly Gibson, Ryan Griffin and NSW over 40s representative Mandy Moore, New Recruits secured a crucial 6-4 win to ensure their side’s hope of a minor premiership remains alive.

Michael Holmes.

Michael Holmes.

The New Recruits sit second on the ladder, behind Playin Up, who remained undefeated – just.

With guns Cheynoah Merchant and Chelsea Amone firing, Team Fit kept pace with the competition leaders, but ultimately fell short in a 7-6 thriller, Cody Ramsey and New Zealand international Garry Reilly guiding their side home by the narrowest of margins.

The next touch action continues with the mixed premiership on Tuesday.


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