Crushettes gain revenge on Tigers
FREE-flowing attacking football and water-tight, steely defence saw the Blackwater Crushettes take to Nines football like a frog to a pond at the weekend's Gala Nines carnival.
The girls, who in their debut season of rugby league finished in third, were too good for their challengers, remaining undefeated for all of their five games.
For all but one of the girls it was the first time playing Nines style, but it did not show, surprising and pleasing captain Miranda Baker.
"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."
The Crushettes kicked off their campaign with an impressive 8-4 win over the Emerald Tigers, then a 10-0 win over Moranbah, 20-8 victory over the Emerald Cowgirls.
In the grand final qualifier, they advanced having scored the first try against the Tigers after the full-time score was locked at 14-all. They saved their best for last, smashing the Tigers 26-6 in the grand final.
It was a sweet win over the Tigers who had knocked the girls out of the semi-finals in September.
"Well we beat them three times on the day which was pretty good," the halfback said.
"But we are all mates and have a real friendly rivalry off the field. It was still very good though.
"Mariah Storch really deserved the player of the carnival, she is a champion player and just gets better and better. She and her sister Peyton were two standouts definitely."