Scorpions fairytale all that stands in the way of Broncos three-peat
The New South Wales Scorpions are one win away from a fairytale Women's Elite Eight title after a comfortable 5-1 win over the Alliance in the second semi-final at the National Touch League in Coffs Harbour.
It's been a long road for the Scorpions after they went through their 2016 campaign winless, struggling against well-drilled opponents.
But 12 months later they have the opportunity to complete the ultimate turnaround by beating the champion Brisbane Broncos in the decider.
The Broncos are aiming to go back-to-back-to-back after taking home the 2015 and the 2016 Elite Eight titles, but they will face stiff opposition and will be made to work for every touchdown if they are to succeed in 2017.
They defeated the Queensland Titans 6-2 in the first semi-final – sending a message to the Scorpions that they will not be easily beaten.
It was a great grand final warm-up for the Broncos who looked on song from the get-go and they will need to keep this standard up if they are to defeat the Scorpions.
Interestingly, the Broncos’ only defeat in this tournament was against the Scorpions in Round 4 of the competition.
The Scorpions won that match 7-4 and in the process proved that the Broncos can be beaten.
Yasmin Meakes and captain Laura Peattie starred in that clash, scoring two touchdowns apiece in a great team performance.
Meakes will be pivotal in the grand final after leading the competition with 16 touchdowns to date.
It will be a showdown between the Scorpions star and Cowboy Mary McLean who has also joined Meakes at the 16 mark, with both ladies having a knack for finding the line with right of reply left with Meakes in the final.
The grand final will begin at 6:00pm at C.ex Coffs International Stadium and it promises to be a great contest with plenty of Australian international stars on show and international jerseys on the line.