The Campbelltown City Kangaroos ladies league tag team sure know how to win.
The fearsome team topped six opposition teams at Young earlier this month to claim the coveted Country Rugby League carnival title.
In only the team’s second showing at the carnival they tore their opponents to shreds, refusing to let a single point through in their two-day rampage.
Coach Kurt Mangan was extremely pleased with his team’s success.
“I’m very proud of the girls,” he said.
“There were a lot of long hours in training in preparation.
“Only a few of the players had been to the carnival before and they were up against opposition that had been player for six or seven years.
“It was really good to see them doing so well.
“I’m proud of everyone.”
The Campbelltown team – comprised of players from across the Macarthur area, aged 17 to their mid-30s – had made it to the grand final last year but were pipped at the last hurdle.
Mangan said the extra year under the team’s belt made a great deal of difference.
“Last year our attack let us down, so we really wanted to focus on that,” he said.
“I didn’t even realise this time around that there hadn’t been a point scored against us until someone let me know.
“And it’s not like we were ridiculously strong in defence – we just didn’t give the other team’s a chance to get down the other end.
“We pushed so hard with every attaching set, making close to 100 metres each time, that the opposition had no chance to scoring.”
Mangan said the team’s second of six games over the two-day tournament was the closest call – just 12-0 in their favour – and really made the team knuckle down and strive even harder for their wins.
League tag is exactly like traditional rugby league, Mangan said, except it replaces full-contact tackling with tagging.
“The rest of the rules are all the same, they play on the same size field with the same size posts.”