The Bega Chicks will play in the Group 16 Preliminary Final after a 26-18 win over the Cooma Fillies at Moruya’s Ack Weyman Oval.
The Chicks were forced to play in an elimination final thanks to their loss to the Eden Tigerettes last weekend, while the Fillies played their way in with a win over the Batemans Bay Tigerettes.
The opening five minutes of the match were an arm-wrestle, but the Chicks quickly picked up momentum through some strong running.
The Fillies’ line broke in the seventh minute when Madison Parbery went straight through off a short ball. The Chicks’ fullback had enough speed to win the race to the corner.
The Chicks were in again just three minutes later as Ali Ringland raced through a gap to score. Joccoaa Rogers converted to give Bega a 10-0 lead.
The Fillies started to work their way back into the game from that point, and Tenielle Von Der Burg got them on the board with a converted try.
The Fillies looked set to go into the break down by four, but a very late from Jacinta Dummett gave the Chicks a 16-6 lead at half time.
The Fillies struck first in the second half through Hayley Kemp, giving them a sniff of an upset at 16-12.
However, the Chicks hit right-back through Madison Parbery’s second try, and when Jacinta Dummett also scored a double, the Sharks led 26-12 with less than 10 minutes to play.
The Fillies scored a late try through Kirsty Patton to make the final score a respectable 26-18.
Bega will now play the Eden Tigerettes for the second time in three weeks in next weekend’s Preliminary Final.