Gin Gin Rugby League hosted the third annual NDRL Women In League Round with supporters wearing pink to support the day.
The grounds were decorated in purple and pink with the players wearing McGrath Foundation socks. NDRL gave thanks to their women volunteers who fill a variety of roles in their clubs.
Time was taken for a presentation of certificates and gifts to acknowledge their valued contribution to rugby league. Each club along with the league and the referees released a balloon as a symbol of hope for a cure for cancer.
Congratulations to Gin Gin president David Helmore for winning best dressed male on the day with his lovely pink shirt. The day would not have been possible without the assistance of volunteers from the host club Gin Gin.
South Kolan once again dominated from the start getting on top of Agnes Water in the first game of the day. Agnes Water were lacking numbers on the bench and struggled with injuries early on giving South Kolan an opportunity to score 13 tries to four in their 70-18 vcitory over the Marlins.
Two of the Sharks players Alo Moli and Alekisanita scored 44 points between them in a try fest for their new club. Marlins were missing key play maker Timothy McIntosh but lock Rod McIntosh stood out for the losing side scoring two tries and working hard in defence.
Undefeated Gin Gin came up against a new-look Avondale Tigers in the main game of the pink day.
Both team supporters were vocal over some conversional decisions from the middle which added to the intensity of the game with punters unsure of which side to back until the dying minutes where the Tigers ran in two quick tries to successfully beat the Hawks handing them their first loss of the 2014 season.
It was a tough clash of the titans between the two clubs who have a competitive rivalry with the Tigers coming out on top this time. Lock Viliami Tufulele and Jamie Lowien scored doubles for the Tigers with Gin Gin’s kicker Brent Kuskey on song kicking five goals from five attempts but it was not enough to get the Hawks home with the two points.
Gin Gin missed their second-rowers Michael Murphy and Jesse Jenkins and had a few others out injured. Todd Blair was a stand out for the Hawks.
Next week Gin Gin take on Miriam Vale at Gary Larsen Oval and Avondale plays Agnes in the first game.
Once again thank you to all the Women in League volunteers. We appreciate your contribution to the greatest game of all.
(And we – QRL Media team – appreciate yours too Sonya!)