The Maitland Pickers women’s team have bounced back with a comprehensive 36-12 win over Auburn.
Despite a daunting trip south to Lidcombe Oval in Sydney to face an Auburn side breathing down their necks in third place, the Pickers put in a committed performance to score the vital competition points to stay second on the Sydney Metropolitan Women’s Rugby League table after 11 rounds.
Coach Mick Young was glowing in his praise of his team’s effort on the back of a disappointing loss in round 10 to Canley Heights.
“It was a really good win, I couldn’t be happier with the girls’ attitudes,” Young said. “We played really well, it was probably the best attitude and effort we’ve seen this season.
The Pickers had only 12 players for the first 15 minutes before another team member arrived, but an injury left the team with no bench players.
Young felt his team’s ability to control the ball was vital to the 24-point win.
“We only had 12 or 13 players so we had to control the ball so we weren’t defending all the time,” Young said. “We limited our errors and then defended really well when we had to.”
It has been an impressive debut season for the Pickers, who have exceeded expectations, and Young couldn’t be prouder of the team’s achievements so far in 2012.
“I couldn’t be happier with where we are, it’s the first time a lot of our girls have played a whole year and they’re finding out how hard a league season is,” Young said. “To back up each week and at training, to keep that intensity up, the girls have grown so much as a team and that’s the best thing to see as a coach.
“The girls are getting better individually but everyone is doing their job to the best of their ability for the team as well.”
The Pickers will be looking to continue their good form when they host top-four rivals Blacktown in a catch-up game this Saturday at the Maitland Sportsground.