THE Dianas have sent an early signal to the women's 10s competition they mean business this season.
Last weekend's round one encounter with the Griffith Blacks had them return a 25-10 victory, showing they are serious about returning to the top of the ladder in 2019.
With a balanced mixture of experience and youth on their side, the Dianas looked the goods in the opening fixture.
Stuart Stout is leading the side this year and was pleased with the positive signs he saw in the team's first match.
"It was definitely a good start to the season," he said.
"The new format of 10s (moving from a sevens competition) is a positive.
"With 10s, you're really starting to get into the game of rugby a bit more.
"I think we played well against Griffith. They are a big side and always dangerous.
"I have no doubt they will be up there at the end of the season, so it was good for the girls' confidence to get the win."
With several experienced players returning in 2019, including Ginger Longford, the team has also opted for young leaders to be given a chance on the field.
Talise Rudd and Felicity Allen are sharing the captaining duties, which Stout said would allow the high school students to learn about leadership both on and off the field.
This weekend the Dianas will be at home to Wagga College.
Stout expects a tough and fast game at No. 1 Oval.
"They are different against to Griffith, so we'll adjust and tweak parts of our game plan to suit that and what we want to achieve," Stout said.
"I'm very impressed with how the girls are going so far. They know there's still a lot of work to do.
"We're hoping we might even pick up a few more players."
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