Ladies taste defeat in exhibition game


The Emerald Tiger Ladies took to the field on Saturday afternoon in an attempt to take out the Central Highlands’ own State of Origin match. Running against a combined Clermont/Middlemount (North) team, the Tigers (made up of Emerald and Springsure players
– South) put in a great effort despite coming out
on the bottom of the score board at the end of the
game, 16-10.

Tarni Sullivan was the first of the South girls to get over the line, and put the first points on the board for the game. Maria Rawiri missed the conversion, putting the score at 4-0. Casey Watkins made a fabulous break and ran down 80m to score the other try for the South team, which Maria successfully

The game was hard and fast, and with only a few slight hiccups. Most memorable was when Kristy Serotzki played the ball facing the wrong way, which was either ignored or missed by the ref. Bumps and bruises have been popping up all over Facebook, showing that, whilst the result has no bearing on the competition, the girls still played their hearts out, as a curtain raiser to the Allen Johnson memorial shield match, played between the Mountainmen and Panthers.

The game had particular importance for the Springsure girls, Casey Watkins, Sarah Thomas and Denise Chaplin who all knew Allen Johnson. Casey ran on wearing the number 11 jersey in Johnno’s memory and had one of her best games yet. The girls had a great night and after leaving with their first loss of the season, are determined to train harder to get the results in the next game in a
fortnight against Middlemount.