Bluff, Cowgirls claim remaining grand final spots
GRAHAM 'STORKY' CAMPBELL
The Women’s game was first in Bluff last Saturday with Dysart taking on Emerald Brothers Cowgirls.
Deb Barchard and Cass Marks from the Cowgirls took the ball up to the Bulls and Barchard was over for a barging try in the eighth minute and it was converted by Kailah Rogers to lead 6-0.
Brothers were working the back line out to Meagan Latham and Mackenzie Bean who had good runs.
The Dysart ladies, through their props Bec Bichsel and Tahlia Anderson, kept the ball rolling.
Tegan Rolfe was working the team around the paddock and her combination with Elle Stitt allowed the Queensland representative to break the line in attacking raids.
Lock Haylea Lonergan was also having a good game for the Bulls who were next to score after the 19th minute and started with Sarah Hicks passing to Rolfe before Stitt was over for her try.
The Bulls kept the pressure on and in the 29th minute, hooker Rheenie Rowe passed to Rolfe and she stepped her way over the line which she converted to give the Bulls a 10-6 lead at halftime.
Brothers had it early in the first half but lapsed after their try and the Bulls came home ready for a win.
The second half started and Rogers was working overtime and kept the ball moving. Her offsider Rebecca Stokes worked and ran the ball to make plenty of ground.
Tayla Bean and Mackenzie Beames for Brothers was having good games in defence.
The Brethren came out in the second half wanting to win and Barchard was in again for a try after a backline movement.
Catlin Saunders was working hard in defence and attack and made a break and scored her try for the Cowgirls to make it 18-10.
Dysart’s centres Donna Kilpatrick and Mariel Creevey were getting the ball wide and Creevey was over for a try in the 13th minute of the second half. The Bulls were starting to feel back in the game but the Cowgirls were keen to play in another grand final.
The Brethren’s player of match Barchard wanted to finish the game off and with four minutes to go, produced another barging try and it was converted by Rogers for the score to finish 24-14.
It was a good win by the Cowgirls and they are on their way to face the Crushettes again in the decider.
Bluff hosted the Emerald Tigers to see who would play Dysart in the grand final.
Bluff were a different side to how they played last week being more aggressive in their style of play.
Tigers played their hearts out but in the seventh minute, Bluff’s winger Kelly Conway was over for his try after a good backline and is certainly improving each game.
Front rower Leigh Coghill and Justin Daniels were leading the way with Coghill putting the big yards in.
Chris Conway was running the ball more around the ruck and in support of Coghill - something that didn’t happen last week.
In the 15th minute, Ryan O’Donoghue scooted over from dummy half to score his try to lead 10-0.
Tigers’ Brad Eggmolesse and Wade Campbell were putting in big defence.
Centre Ray Ebsworth was trying to win the game for the Tigers himself but Bluff’s defence was holding out.
Chris Conway ran the ball and went through the defence to score in the 18th minute as tries were rolling along for the Rabbitohs.
Brodie Leonard was next for the Rabbits in the 23rd minute after a good backline and he found the chalk.
Charlie Fetoai was running the ball hard and making plenty of ground and received the ball from McLaughlin in the 27th minute to barge over to score a try.
McLaughlin was on the receiving end of a 40-metre run from Chris Conway and was next to score, blowing the lead out to 34-0.
Tigers were trying hard and fullback David Brice received the ball from halfback Andrew Doyle and was in for a try in the 35th minute to break the drought nearing halftime.
The Bluff team finished the first half with Kazzi Doyle scoring in the corner on halftime for the Rabbits to lead 38-6.
Mitch Wyatte was having a good game at halfback and the Byrne brothers, Bill and Ben, were taking the ball to the defensive line.
The second half started with the Tigers getting first points.
Winger Andre Joubert completed a back line on the wing and he worked his way over the line in the ninth minute of the second half.
Man of the match for Bluff, Coghill continued to take the ball up and burst through three players to sprint 25 metres to score a try for the Rabbits.
Tigers’ Doyle was showing the team around and received the ball from Aaron Ansell to sprint 15 metres to score Tigers’ last try for the game.
Coghill fired up again and this time, sprinted 30 metres to register his side’s next try to lead 48-16.
The Rabbits then added a further three tries on the tally to demolish the Tigers 62-16 and book themselves a third-consecutive grand final appearance.
They now travel to Dysart this Saturday to face the Bulls, who pulled off a good win against them in last week’s major semi final.