Central Queensland v North Queensland
The torrential rains that hit south east Queensland yesterday (Saturday, June 4) meant that any footy matches played over the weekend would be dour encounters and that was the case at the QRL State Carnival when the CQ Crows and NQ Marlins Women’s team met.
While the North Queensland side appeared to have size on their side, the Crows benefitted from a club partnerships, including the fullback, half and hooker.
The Central Queensland outfit had the better of possession in the first half and dominated field position.
But with a sodden field to contend with; slippery ball cost both teams possession at vital times.
With the completion rate low, when the Crows managed to get a few repeat sets in the Marlin's half, it wasn't long before fullback Lana Sheedy crossed over out wide in the 28th minute. The conversion by Chelsea Baker put Central Queensland in front 6-0.
It was in the shadows of halftime that the North Queensland side started to gel, however rare outings in the Crows half went unrewarded in the difficult conditions.
The second half started with the Crows on the attack but they weren’t able to successful score.
However, the Marlins were not a spent force and the contest flowed back and forward with both teams unable to convert try line pressure into points. Again, the greasy ball caused trouble at crucial times.
It took some individual brilliance and speed from Crow's winger Baker to clinch the game in the 59th minute, breaking the line 20m out from her own goal line to speed 80m for a try. With the conversion unsuccessful, the Crows led 10-0 with 11 minutes remaining.
Central Queensland hooker Sarah Walker put the result beyond doubt with a dive over the line from dummy half to finish with a 16-0 score line seven minutes out from fulltime.
There were three Women’s games played over the weekend, with SEQ Women defeating Central 10-0 on Friday night and also claiming a 34-0 victory over Northern earlier today to stay undefeated.