We always dread the long bus drive down to Gladstone, but it was made twice as bad with the numerous Road Works along the Bruce Highway (yes, even operating on a Sunday). The girls arrived at the fields with only 10 minutes to get strapping completed, dressed and a quick warm up done. It turned out to work wonders for the team as no one had the chance to get nervous and this really showed in their performance. Due to injury I (Rheenie) was forced to sit on the bench, which was devastating for me, but great to be able to watch the girls from the sideline & step in as coach.
All of the girls really stood up to the challenge of playing the competition leaders on home turf and showed how much of a threat our team can be. This showed in the final score with the Tigers girls losing 20 – 18 (unfortunately missing too many of our conversions) in a very close match. The game played out with both teams scoring try for try (4 apiece) and some of our more experienced (2nd year) players really took their game to the next level in both defence and attack. Maria Rawiri (Emerald), who backed up after playing her first stint in representative football the previous weekend, was awarded the 3 points for the game for her very impressive attack and strong defence skills. Laura Richards (Emerald) was awarded the 2 points for her dedication and commitment to cover defence and Karissa Deakin (Tannum Sands) received 1 point for her explosive line breaks. Maria and Laura were also awarded the Players Player for the match.
The Tigers are definitely going to be a team to watch out for in this competition – their skills and knowledge have improved immensely over the past couple of weeks and it is really starting to show in our games. Once again I was so proud of how these girls played and couldn’t ask for a more committed, dedicated and inspirational team. Keep up the good work girls and the rewards will come!