Old Collegians youth girls step up to the task

STRONG RETURN: Old Collegians coach Rod 'Rudy' Ryan, pictured with his mother Fran Ryan and the next generation of Warriors coming through, is pleased with how the team is travelling.
STRONG RETURN: Old Collegians coach Rod 'Rudy' Ryan, pictured with his mother Fran Ryan and the next generation of Warriors coming through, is pleased with how the team is travelling.

IT may only have been their second game, but the Old Collegians youth girls footballers are quickly adapting to their new sport.

The Warriors – who are preparing to take on Hamilton Kangaroos under lights this Friday from 6.30pm at Melville Oval – improved greatly from their first scoreless contest to defeat local rivals Warrnambool in their interleague curtain-raiser on Saturday.

Old Collegians coach Rod Ryan said the 3.5 (23) to 1.0 (6) win at Reid Oval was a pleasing step forward.

“The girls thought they’d won the grand final, the way they carried on,” he laughed.

“Their first game they had no idea what was going on … (but) this time they kept their positions a little better.

“They were able to get their skills a little higher, too. There were instances we were able to implement a couple of set plays.”

The Warriors’ round three opponents Hamilton Kangaroos are top of the ladder, have won both their games without conceding a point.

Meanwhile, South Warrnambool will also be chasing its second win after getting the points against Horsham Demons, while Portland is looking to bounce back after a tough match against early pacesetters Horsham Saints.