Apps 'Best On Ground' in Nellie Doherty Cup on Saturday
Mitch Jennings - Illawarra Mercury
IT was a long time coming and finally breaking Queensland’s 17-year stranglehold on the Nellie Doherty Cup came with an added sweetener for NSW star Kezie Apps who picked up player of the match in the Blues epic 8-4 win at Cbus Super Stadium on Saturday.
The Helensburgh powerhouse was re-united with former Tigerlillies teammates Sam Bremner, Ruan Sims. Allana Ferguson and Maddie Studdon – now playing for Cronulla-Carignbah – who were also outstanding, with Studdon’s two from two with the boot proving crucial in a match that ended one try apiece.
"As soon as the siren went I was crying my eyes out. I'm in disbelief; I've never been able to celebrate after an Origin before so I'm just taking it all in," Bremner told NRL.COM
"This is my first time experiencing a win and celebrating a win. I'm new to this but soaking up every single second.
“I've watched NSW get better and better and the margin get closer every single year. Last year was a draw and I just knew that this year we had to keep going, that a win was the only option we had to take this year.
"We spoke about today about confidence. It's something you can't train to get, it just happens when you believe in the people around you and this year is the only year I believe that we had 100 per cent confidence in every single player.
"It is hard to have that confidence on the back of 16 years of losing but our preparation was perfect. Our staff started us at the start of the year so we've had a long training camp and every second has been worth it."