THIS past weekend, Saturday, April 5, saw the clash between Division 1 teams, Beerwah and North Ipswich.
Beerwah have now been in the competition for three years now, joining the Brisbane and District Women’s competition in 2012. They joined as a strong team and have kept their noticeable strength every season, only just losing the semi-final in Division 1 last year.
North Ipswich are the only new-comers in Division 1 this year, a huge feat amongst the Division 1 line up. Booting up against teams with at least three years’ experience, they are out to prove they have the talent to match it up in Division 1.
Beerwah started off on the back foot, with North Ipswich’s home advantage and starting enthusiasm getting the better of Beerwah.
After only 10 minutes in, North Ipswich held the lead with tries to centre, Clare ‘Odi’ O’Driscoll and hooker, Lauren Quinlan. With two unsuccessful conversions, the score line went to 8-0 to North Ipswich.
A try to Beerwah’s centre Michaela Peck in the final minutes before halftime gave promise to Beerwah; but with an unsuccessful conversion, the halftime score line went to 8-4 to North Ipswich.
Beerwah came running out for the second half ready to dig deep. Ten minutes into the second half, an individual and outstanding try to Beerwah fullback Teesha Gary and a successful conversion by Sarah Walker saw Beerwah lead for the first time 10-8.
A few injuries for North Ipswich had them working hard, but Beerwah weren’t going to get complacent again, keeping the game in their control.
Hard hits and barging runs kept the game exciting. Beerwah’s strength and experience proved too good, scoring two more tries before the final whistle and keeping North Ipswich scoreless in the second half. With tries to Beerwah lock Emmaley McMurdy and Beerwah five-eighth Tammy Spring and one more successful conversion to Walker, the score pushed out to the fulltime result of 20-8 to Beerwah.
North Ipswich coach Brendan Bowers was very impressed with his team and with many new players, he said he was happy with the way they are travelling.
“We are still finding our feet as a new team, finding the right combinations will help put us on the right track in Division 1,’ he said.
A special mention to Beerwah players Courtney Lockwood and Annette Brander, and North Ipswich captain, Nicole Richards who will all represent in the NRL All-Stars team against the Indigenous All-Stars on May 2, 2014, Congratulations!
Other results for April 5 and 6
Souths Logan def Burleigh 40-0
Carina def Aspley 40-6
Burpengary def Waterford 16-14
Pine Rivers def Toowoomba Fillies 28-10
West Inala def Cannon Hill 56-8
Swifts def Wynnum Manly 18-8
Fixtures for Round 4
Saturday, April 12: Souths Logan will play Beerwah at 4:30pm at Brandon Park.
Sunday, April 13: Burleigh will play Aspley at 3.45pm at Pizzey Park and North Ipswich will play Carina at 5pm at Cribb Park.
Due to representative commitments in Toowoomba, Division 2 will not play this coming weekend.
Walk for Jannie details:
IN SUPPORT of a friend of the Brisbane and District Women’s Rugby League Janice Gutugutuwai – an awareness walk for Desmoplastic small-round-cell tumor (DSRCT) has been organised by Steve Day and Mark Tookey.
It's a last minute idea but they are hoping to see as many people there to just do the walk for Jannie.
The details are as follows:
Date: Saturday, April 12
Start: Logan Brothers - Civic Park 170 Wembley Road, Logan Central
Cost: NOTHING just your time
What to Wear: Suitable footwear for walking, a hat, your DSRCT shirt if you have one as well.
Jannie's DSRCT shirts will be on sale for $25 and Mark's singlets for $35 for those who want to show further support.
Everyone is welcome kids and dogs included! The walk will basically go from the club down Wembley Road and back.
If you don't have anything planned, mark this on the calendar and join the boys.