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BMD Premiership Round 1: 'Really happy with that'

Round 1 of BMD Premiership is done and there were promising performances across all four games.

Mackay Cutters coach Marco Peters was particularly happy with his side, beating Wynnum Manly Seagulls 30-8 in their first game together as a team.

Peters said he was nervous going into the game, but he couldn't be prouder of their effort.

"It was good... the girls just competed, which is what we wanted," Peters said.

"Really happy with that. Effort was there all the way through. Good to be one from one."

Peters said there were a few standouts for him, namely Queenslander China Polata. 

China Polata. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
China Polata. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

"China Polata hadn't played a lot of footy and coming off a pretty serious injury, I think she had a really good game... she'll get a lot of confidence out of that," Peters said.

"And Samara Luta off the bench. She came on a did a few good things... basically exactly what we were looking for. Effort on effort. Very happy with her."

Peters said his biggest takeaway was there was still plenty of room for improvement moving forward.

"That was our first real game together... we'll get that cohesion going from now," he said.

Mackay Cutters. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL
Mackay Cutters. Photo: Jorja Brinums/QRL

"As for Wynnum, they are a really good side. A lot of respect for Wynnym. They had a few girls not playing today so they'll only get better. Team to watch.

"Bring on Round 2."

Cutters prop Essay Banu, who played with Wynnum Manly during season 2022, said it was a "privilege and honour" to don the Cutters jersey after she returned to north Queensland to be closer to family.

Based in Townsville, with family nearby in Tully, Banu said she couldn't be happier.

"Moving away from this team to go up north to my family, it is a really good privilege and honour to wear this jersey for the first time in the BMD comp," Banu said.

."I'm proud of everyone's efforts. Especially our forwards Samara (Luta), Shannon (Mato) and Laikha (Clarke). 

"All the girls did well. Laikha was pretty strong up the middle in attack and defence too. Solid.

"Now we just need to push and support each other... stay positive."

The Cutters will face Tweed Seagulls in Round 2.

In the three other games in Round 1, April Ngatupuna, who has played for the Queensland Under 19 side the past two years, got a double in Souths Logan Magpies' win over Brisbane Tigers. 

The Central Queensland Capras, who narrowly lost last year's premiership to the North Queensland Gold Stars, proved too strong for Tweed Seagulls at Browne Park in Rockhampton. 

And Burleigh Bears were on fire, beating the new kids on the block Norths Devils.

Zahara Tamara tackling. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL
Zahara Tamara tackling. Photo: Vanessa Hafner/QRL




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