The Macleay Valley Mustangs had six representatives in the inaugural Group Three Indigenous All Stars match at Wauchope last Saturday.
Kyiara Moseley-Callaghan, Jamie-Lee Morris and Karri Moseley-Callaghan laced up the boots for the Tim Moorehead coached Indigenous side and went to battle against Mustangs teammate Chloe Saunders who competed for the All Stars side.
The Indigenous side were determined to win after a moving pre-game jersey presentation.
It was a high quality match with both teams displaying talent in attack and defence.
The two sides exchanged tries before the All Stars team crossed for an important try to take a 10-4 lead into the half-time break.
The All Stars team remained on the attack to start the second half as they pressured the Indigenous girl’s try line.
The Indigenous side did well to repel the attacks and they were rewarded for their strong defence with a try when Nakita Binge sliced through and ran 60m to level the scores at 10.
The two sides were doing their best to take the lead as they were relentless in attack and defence.
The Indigenous side came close to scoring on a number of occasions but it was the All Stars team who were able to capitalise as they scored the winning try in the final minutes of the match to earn the 14-10 win.
After the match, Mustangs’ Jamie-Lee Morris was announced as a selection into the Group Three Ladies League Tag team to face off with Group Two in Wingham on Saturday April 21.
Meanwhile Mustangs’ first grade players Anthony Cowan and Malcolm Webster were instrumental in leading the Indigenous Team to a 24-19 victory against the All Stars.
The representatives return to club level for the Mustangs’ season opener against the Taree City Bulls at home this Saturday.
The Mustangs first grade side struggled in the Group Three Rugby League Pre-season Trophy and were on the wrong end of a big score line in both of their matches against Port Macquarie sides.
A 34–12 loss at the hands of the Port Macquarie Sharks was followed up a week later by a 32-12 loss against the 2016 and 2017 premiers the Port City Breakers.
The two large defeats are a worrying sign for the Mustangs, who reached last year’s grand final.
However, the Mustangs’ opponents for this Saturday, the Bulls, enter round one in a similar position.
The Bulls were eliminated from the finals in the preliminary final at the hands of the Mustangs last season but have had poor pre-season results.
The Bulls were handed a 34-4 thumping against local rivals the Wingham Tigers before they lost 26-12 against the Forster-Tuncurry Hawks the following week.
Saturday’s Group Three Rugby League action kicks off at 11.30am with the Ladies League Tag.
The Mustangs are expecting big things from their league tag side this year after showing plenty of improvement in their pre-season matches.
The U18.5s sides will be next to take the field at 12.35pm and following the conclusion of that match the reserve grade teams will kick off at 1.50pm.
The first grade match kicks off at 3pm.