Team put on defensive masterclass with bone-crushing tackles

THE MORNING BULLETIN

THE Emu Park open women's rugby league team couldn't have scripted a better start to their season.

The Emu Park ladies travelled to Bluff last Saturday to compete in the Central Highlands inaugural Rugby League Nines carnival.

The ladies kicked off the day, and the beginning of their three-game winning streak, by defeating the 2015 Central Highlands premiers, Clermont 18-10.

The Emu Park ladies put on a defensive masterclass with bone-crushing tackles.

Candice Field led the way rattling the opposition with every tackle she made.

With a very short turnaround the ladies then took on the team from Dysart. The Dysart side put up a brave fight with a limited roster, but the Emu Park ladies proved to be too fast and too skilful to run out convincing winners 24-10.

The Emu Park ladies then met the Blackwater Crushettes in the final.

The game started well for the Emu Park ladies as they scored in the opening minutes of the match. After hitting the front early they were not willing to let their lead slip and they dug deep and showed great determination to hold the opposition at bay. This included Sarah Field sprinting 30 metres to make a try-saving tackle.

They only conceded one try in the first period and the Crushettes did not cross the line again.

In the second term, the Emu Park forwards laid a perfect platform with one after another making strong, damaging runs up the middle. This included some strong carries from Shania Swayn.

This opened up the game and allowed the skill and vision of the backs to secure the game by scoring a bonus try under the post to win 10-4.

It was a great team effort, which had a good balance of youth and experience, to go through the tournament undefeated.

Especially since they only game together for the carnival.

Congratulation to Emu Park's young half back Tashina Ketchup who was named player of the final.

The Emu Park ladies will now look to back up their success at the Team McMillian Nines in Rockhampton on the weekend of March 5-6.




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