To try something different the Cougars played host to the Wodonga Storm on a wet and wintry Saturday night under lights.
The ladies tag game started at 5pm with anticipation of something grand.
The crowd atmosphere was warming up with help of the old fashioned wood fires but Wodonga soon put a dampener on this.
Though there were plenty of patches where the local ladies stood out, those patches were intermittently undone by Wodonga ladies.
There was some tagging in patches and some good ball movement.
In the second half the Cougar ladies held their opposition at bay for 15 minutes before the gap opened up.
With two minutes to go the energetic Chrystel Bateman scored a belated try with Tyler Hocking converting.
In the men’s game the Cougars found themselves undermanned from the start, which you can’t do against a top two side.
Their efforts were rewarded after 15 minutes when big forward Hudson Smith burst over out wide and with no conversion.
It took Wodonga until the 23 minute mark to score with two tries and conversions in four minutes.
Half time 12-4 against the Cougars.
The second half with both teams holding up well but at the 15 minute mark a tired Cougars defence let the opposition over.
An unfortunate injury to the busy Braith Murphy put more pressure on the Cougars and the obvious result ensured.
Two more converted tries to Wodonga Storm.
With three minutes to play Bailey Muras swooped on a loose ball from Wodonga after a bone crushing tackle from the Cougars to score a belated try.
Final score: Cougars 8 def by Wodonga 30.
Game day awards: Sportspower - Trannah Gaffy; Blush - Tyler Hocking; IGA - Laura O’Shannesy; Old Boys players play - Ant Murphy; Lazy Sam’s - Casey Quinlivan; House of Trends - Baily Muras.
The club again thanks the game day sponsors for their continued support as well as other sponsors - Billy’s Custom Spraying, Corowa Home Improvements, Corowa Dry Cleaners and the Hume Bank.
This Wednesday night the clubrooms will be open to the public for the deciding State of Origin match.
Next Sunday the Cougars will travel to Wangaratta to take on the North East Knights, hopefully with a full team.