Future looking bright for Bullettes

Monique Bullock, Sophie Wright, Emma Patterson, Taylor Ballard, Claire Harpley, Mia Hardwick, Angela Stokes and Shanae Freeman all debuted for the Bullettes senior side in Saturday’s win.

The Tumut Bullettes will have every reason to be confident heading into the 2019 season after they cruised to a comfortable 25-10 win in their trial against Uni –North Owls.

This was the Bullettes’ first outing in 2019 and was full of standout performances. Shanae Freeman and Monique Bullock crossed for a pair of tries each and looked very sharp on the edges. Kylie Jenson was also at her barnstorming best, reeking havoc in the middle third of the pitch and leaving defenders in her wake.

Southern Inland Rugby Union recently announced changes to the women’s competition, which will see the game shift from the free-flowing 7s to a more structured 10s format. First-year Bullettes coach Lorraine Ngauma was pleased with the overall turnout.

“We have 19 players here today and it is great to see such strong participation,” she said

“The larger format has helped lure more players to the club and we now have a really good mix of youth and experience”.

Bulls vice president Will Reynolds echoed Ngauma’s sentiment.

“In previous years, we played 7s and it was only 15 minute halves. We would be taking 15 or so girls away for a few minutes of rugby and that just isn’t good enough”, he said

“10s will give more girls a chance to play regular rugby and will hopefully attract more players and families to the club”.

The Bullettes have been on the training paddock for six weeks and have welcomed a host of new players for their 2019 campaign. The mixture of youth and enthusiasm with the more experienced players looks to be a recipe for success this early in the season. Ngauma, who is in her first year of coaching senior rugby isn’t expecting all smooth sailing.

“We have plenty of new girls and they are still learning some of the basics”, said Ngauma.

“We are also playing a bigger format with these new players and we will have to use different defensive schemes”.

Ngauma and her Bullettes will have two weeks to further prepare with their season opener against Albury set down for April 6 at Jarrah Oval.