End-to-end action lit up Pizzey Park in Round 4 of the Holcim Cup competition, with Burleigh Bears and Souths Logan Magpies players stepping up in a top-of-the-table clash, and Tweed Seagulls lifted to claim their first points of the competition.
Each week, QRL.com.au will publish a Holcim Cup team of the week made up of outstanding performances by players in the competition each round.
The team is selected by Queensland Rugby League Football and Digital staff, in consultation with Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons coaches Jason Hetherington, Karyn Murphy and Nat Dwyer, who are closely following each rounds’ action.
Round 4 Holcim Cup team of the week
1. Karina Brown - Burleigh Bears
The experienced fullback was in amongst all of the action for Burleigh in their match-up against Souths Logan and showed her toughness plenty of times by making plenty of important runs.
2. Hayley Maddick - Souths Logan Magpies
While the speedy back was unable to add to her try-scoring tally at the weekend, Maddick made a number of key plays in defence, including chasing down her opposing winger and stopping her from scoring what seemed a certain try.
3. Teaghan Hartigan - Burleigh Bears
The Burleigh centre threw herself into her work in Round 4 and produced a high-energy performance in defence and attack to help put the Bears on the front foot.
4. Abelee Stanley - Tweed Seagulls
A two-try performance from the Tweed young gun helped seal important back-to-back wins for the Seagulls. With some powerful runs and good awareness on the field, Stanley provided plenty of spark.
5. Tarnisha Lyons - Burleigh Bears
Lyons scored the opening try for Burleigh, which put them on the path to their win over Souths Logan and was busy in defence for her side.
6. Chelsea Baker - Tweed Seagulls
Baker has played in numerous different positions in the past few weeks, but clicked into another gear in Round 4 at five-eighth, proving a great foil for halves partner Tarryn Aiken. Baker also crossed for a try of her one in the win over Easts Tigers and slotted some difficult conversions.
7. Tarryn Aiken - Tweed Seagulls
Aiken has been impressive throughout the Holcim Cup tournament, but stepped it up in Round 4 to lift Tweed to post their first wins of the competition. As well as scoring a double in the victory over Easts and providing a try assist, her energy and intent in both games also provided a boost for her side.
8. Taimane Levu - West Brisbane Panthers
Playing at prop this past weekend, Levu was a strong performer for the Panthers up front and was damaging when running the ball, proving hard to handle for the defenders.
9. Lailee Phillips - Tweed Seagulls
The Tweed rake was a key performer for her team, showing great involvement and energy to help push the Seagulls pack forward. She was also active in defence in a well-organised side.
10. Millie Boyle - Burleigh Bears
The representative forward returned from her injury hiatus with an impressive display in the middle. Big and powerful, Boyle's runs drove Burleigh into prime attacking zones.
11. Tazmin Gray - Burleigh Bears
Another influential performance from Gray, who always seems to be in amongst the thick of the action. Always attracting multiple defenders when in attack, she also knows where to be when a tackle needs to be made, like when she was able to help bring down dangerous fullback Tamika Upton after she made a break.
12. Jessika Elliston - Tweed Seagulls
Great effort from one of the more experienced Tweed forwards, who can be counted on to put on a wholehearted performance. In attack, her footwork was an asset as she cut her way in between defenders.
13. Annette Brander - Souths Logan Magpies
A hard-working display from the ever-reliable Brander, who pushed to get as many metres as possible from each of her runs. She made sure she was always an option to help drive her team forward.
14. Zahara Temara - Burleigh Bears
Another crafty input from Temara, who works hard to be in the right place at the right time every week, just like when she backed up through the middle after a break from her side and was on hand to get the ball and run in to score against the Magpies.
15. Ali Brigginshaw - Souths Logan Magpies
Good effort in the halves from Brigginshaw, in her second game back from injury. The Maroons captain was a key point of attack for the Magpies and tried hard to create options for her side when they were down.
16. Rona Peters - Souths Logan Magpies
Crunching defence has become a hallmark of a strong Peters performance and it was no different in Round 4, with the Maroons forward doing her best against her former club to cut down attackers.
17. Jessikah Reeves - Easts Tigers
Young forward Reeves was fearless when she ran the ball and tough in defence for the Tigers.