03 Jun Winners are Grinners: Rugby League wrap up
Well done to the Tannum Seagals for their impressive win (24 – 10) over the Yeppoon Seagals at their round five-game on May 22.
The team went into the Dennis Park match missing a few of their regular players, but they were extremely confident due to their excellent preparation throughout the week.
The game started with 11 on 11 due to Yeppoon being short a few players, but after about 10 minutes they went to full sides.
Coach Chris “Butch” Bryson said the ladies adjusted well to the lack of players on the field.
“It meant more space to cover, but there were also more options to move the ball,” he said.
“Our scramble and slide defence was on point, and we shot off to a strong start, crossing over in the corner early in the piece thanks to winger Kearna Howe.”
A failed goal attempt from out wide had the team at four to nil.
It wasn’t long before the Tannum Seagals crossed the line for their second try of the afternoon, which came by the way of centre Ruby Tia’Vaas’ue crashing over next to the sticks, made possible by capitalising on some strong go forward by the team’s middles laying the platform.
A successful conversion by skipper Prue Hair took the score to 10 to nil.
The game ebbed and flowed, with both sides showing glimpses of flair in attack, and the Yeppoon Seagals were denied on crossing the line a few times with the Tannum Seagals holding them out with a gutsy and determined effort in defence.
After an intercept, Rachel Hansen ran 70 metres and the ladies got within striking distance, Amy Lee Pople took the opportunity and crossed over, taking the score to 14 to nil.
It looked like the ladies would go to the break 14 up, but right on the stroke of halftime a strong running Ruby Tia’Vaas’ue, after a perfectly timed pass from Prue Hair, crossed for her second try untouched.
Hair converted and the Tannum ladies were 20 to nil at the break.
The second half started the same as the first, with Kearna Howe crossing for a try within a couple of minutes.
The quality ball movement and support running was key to the young winger getting a double for the day.
The rest of the half was an arm wrestle, with the Yeppoon Seagals finally crossing the line late in the half twice due to some unforced errors.
Stand out and players player was Amy-Lee Pople with an impressive defensive game topping the tackle count by a fair margin, along with a dominant performance in attack and a try.
Coach Butch said he was extremely happy with his team’s defensive structure and scrabble which kept Yeppoon scoreless for three-quarters of the game.
“A big plus for me was our ball movement, line running and our support play,” he said.
“I have a great bunch of ladies that are committed, dedicated and willing to give anything a go.
“With a mix of young, fresh and experienced players amongst the squad, it makes for exciting times ahead.”
After five, out of 14 rounds, the Tannum Segals have a win to loss ratio of three to two.
With the two losses coming down to narrow margins of four and two, respectively.
The Seagals next home game is against the Fitzroy Sharks on June 5 at Dennis Park, Boyne Island, from 5pm.
The team would love for you to come down and cheer them on to another victory.
For more information check out the Tannum Seagulls – Seniors Facebook Page.
Photo credits: Colleen James