Ladies league, Nines style
ECSTATIC Blackwater Crushettes captain Miranda Baker said the break from football did her side the world of good, allowing them to take out the Gala Nines at the weekend.
The Crushettes free-flowing attack and water-tight defence, led by sisters Mariah and Peyton Storch, saw their side remain undefeated all day.
They beat the Emerald Tigers ladies in the final, winning convincingly 26-6. Lock forward Mariah picked up the player of the carnival.
"It was a brilliant weekend, undefeated all weekend, we couldn't have asked for more," the on-field general Baker said.
"We just played so well, we had the right karma, we were right in the head if that makes sense, the break seemed to give us a boost.
"We weren't sure what to expect playing Nines but at the end of the day obviously very happy.
"Our slide defence worked well with the fewer players and our attack was very fast and dominant - we scored a lot of tries."
Tigers' captain Maria Rawiri paid tribute to the organisers and enthused she was already looking forward to the next one.
"It was a good first hit out for the Gala day, already looking forward to next year's one," Rawiri said.
"It all seemed to run smoothly and the refereeing was excellent.
"They allowed a fairly good flow which was nice to see."
The Emerald Cowgirls failed to get a win in the regular CH season, thankfully the monkey is off their backs.
"It felt pretty amazing, we all just clicked and not one person let the team down," fullback Emma Holzwart said.
"The season left a few of us a bit deflated, so that's given us the motivation to come back stronger next season.
"We didn't know what to expect against the team from Moranbah so that gave us confidence and led to us being more creative and using our individual strengths to the team's advantage."
For the Moranbah Bulls rugby union outfit it represented their first chance to play the shortened version of a code new to them. While they didn't manage to get a win, they were highly competitive, impressing coach Teran McCasker.
McCasker said they did particularly well playing against teams who had played together all year.
"We really rattled a few of the teams and we didn't let it get us down," McCasker said.
"You're a group of champions that will rock the Mackay comp next year."