Ladies rugby league tag: Raymond Terrace Ravens viewing losses as lessons

Mya Cooke, Denise Duffy

Mya Cooke, Denise Duffy

The Raymond Terrace Ravens are not dwelling on their 24-0 defeat to Aberglasslyn at the weekend and is already working on how to improve against the competition heavyweights this season.

The Ravens travelled to McKeachies Sportsground on Saturday to face the Ants in round two of the A-grade Monarch Blues Ladies League Tag competition.

The dreary weather made conditions slippery, which the Ants used to their advantage.

The Ravens fought hard to keep the Ants out, but missed too many tags resulting in a 24-0 defeat.

The Raymond Terrace players' player was awarded to to second rower Lauren O'Brien who hit the left advantage line with grace and provided a strong hold defensive line for the team during the second half.

Captain of the Ravens side, Madalyn Marquet, and second rower Denise Duffy, a founding player of the team, were consistent leaders in Saturday's game.

The pair held the flock defensively on the right edge and were both commended by the team for their resilience.

"We will work hard this week to reflect on our game strategy and look to some additional tagging practice," Marquet said said.

"This is our first game against the Ants this year.

"We can see improvement in our side with the for and against line slowly shrinking every game we play against them."

Meanwhile the Fingal Bay Bomboras, also playing in A-grade, went down to Maitland Pickers 36-0.

The Mallabula Panthers ladies tag team, in B-grade, did not play due to the closure of the Mallabula Sports Complex fields.

The previous week, the Ravens lost their first round game to the Kotara Bears 12-4.

Round three games have yet to be determined with the league going through a re-grading. The draw is set to be released later in the week.

The Ravens, part of the Raymond Terrace Magpies Rugby League Club, are sponsored by the Lakeside Village Tavern.

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