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THE Canley Vale Kookaburras women's A grade rugby league team stumbled to a 16-12 loss against Newtown Jetettes on the weekend and must now prepare for another tough encounter with Redfern. Kookaburras captain Charmaine Heta said the Jetettes match was gridlocked for most of the 80 minutes.
"It was pretty hard fought," she said.
"Newtown got an early lead on us and we didn't ever get it back," she said.
"I think most of the girls expected to win that match."
Heta said the Kookaburras had to shake off the loss and concentrate on their next game against Redfern.
The Kookaburras won the most recent match between the two teams, but Redfern won earlier in the year.
"It will be a bit of a grudge match," Heta said.
"They are a very tough, physical side. We'll have our work cut cut for us but all the girls are focused on winning the "David Sproule Shield" at the end of the season - to do that we must beat Redfern." 'We need to
concentrate on small areas of our game,like being more vocal on the field in defence'
- Charmaine Heta
Heta said a few of her players were hesitant at the start of the year but were developing into good rugby league players.
"Most of them had played touch or Aus-tag but didn't realise how physical rugby league would be."
The Kookaburras (green) are preparing for another tough match after their weekend loss to the Jetettes.
Photo: DEAN DAMPNEY
"But now they are tackling and taking hit-ups as much as anyone else."
Heta said this weekend's game would be a test for the Kookas "David Sproule shield" prospects.
"At the moment the Kookaburras abd Redfern are probably the strongest two teams," she said.
"We need to concentrate on small areas of our game, line being more vocal on the field in defence, but we've shown we can mix it with the best of them.