A top three tussle

Sister Act: A perfectly timed pass between Sophie Stammers and Abby Stammers saw Abby (centre) cross the line to score the winning try against St Pats. Photo: Mark Logan
Sister Act: A perfectly timed pass between Sophie Stammers and Abby Stammers saw Abby (centre) cross the line to score the winning try against St Pats. Photo: Mark Logan

For the coach of the Blayney Bears League Tag team Steve Mooney, this season is shaping up to be the best kind of deja vu.

If all goes to plan, and that includes St Pats being beaten by Orange Hawks, and the Bears beating CYMS, the side should find itself nestled safely in the top three, guaranteeing two cracks at the grand final.

“Hawks are unbeaten this year and we’re the only side that has come close with a draw,” he said.

Up against the fifth place CYMS side this Sunday, Mooney believes that with all conditions being perfect, and the side being at peak fitness, the plan should come to fruition.

Mooney admits that the side thrives under pressure, and that the team can sometimes let their guard down when they are at a winning point in the game. 

“I really do worry about that because you can switch off just that little bit and that’s all you have to do to lose the game,” he said.

Case in point was last Sunday’s game against St Pats when with a 14-6 lead after a spectacular try by Abby Stammers in the second half, and with only six minutes to go, St Pats notched up a converted try taking the score to 14-12. 

“I certainly gave them a bit of a talking to about that because after Abby scored they took the pedal off a bit, and they just tried to hold the lead, rather than increase it,” he said.