The Emerald Tigers Ladies have beaten the Clermont Bears Ladies 10-6 in the Grand Final at Bluff on Aug 30. The Ladies also finished Minor Premiers and have won the very first CH Womens Competition.
Formerly the Tigers Ladies competed in the Rockhampton womens competition against Yeppoon, Fitzroy-Gracemere and Gladstone After finishing last year in 3rd spot and not being able to contest the semi-final due to numbers the ladies have backed it up with a great season.
The game was a very tight one and was taken away from Clermont when Tigers Casey Watkins took an intercept and raced 70m to get the ball deep into bears territory. With only a minute on the clock the Tigers ladies attacked the line with no success. Clermont came up with the ball on their own 10m line with 18 secs remaining. The went for a hail mary kick and was cleaned up at the back by Amy O’Laughlin. The siren sounded as Amy took the tackle.
Clermont had the jump on Tigers looking the much better team for the first 15 mins and hard running fullback Carly Bell scored to open the scoring with a 40m break. Donna Kilpatrick converted. With Carly having 3 20m plus runs in the first quarter off the game she was shut down by some committed Tigers defence.
Just before half time Casey Wakins scored and Captain Maria Rawiri scored to make it 6-all at the break. Coming out after halftime the Tigers never looked back. They held the bears in the own half for the majority of the half but to Clermont credit between there defence and some last play mistakes the Tigers had trouble getting over the line.
With the game in the balance Emma Holzwart scored out wide after returning from holidays. Maria Rawiri’s kick just missing the Tigers lead by 4 8mins from full time. The Tigers grit and commitment was the driving force behind the defence displayed to closeout the Grand Final.
Props Jess Bell and Wendy Green had strong games up front with Wendy being concussed after a barnstorming 30m run up the guts. Casey Watkins managed to keep finding herself in the right place at the right time which earned here the “Player of Grand Final” award.
The Tigers Ladies would like to thank all of the supporters and sponsors for a great year and hope to see everyone again next year when we defend our title.