Underdogs on top
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
ALDON Club Collex capitalised on a perfect start to upset favourites CBH Steelers 5-2 in their Gladstone Touch Association women's division one grand final at Briffney Creek on Saturday night.
Although being the first side into the decider after defeating Steelers in the semi-finals, Aldon Club Collex regarded themselves as underdogs going into Saturday's clash and thrived on the challenge.
They opened their account barely seconds after the match started with a touchdown to Kelly Zelinski and never relinquished their lead against a young Steelers outfit missing the direction usually offered by the absent Fiona White.
Player of the final Cassie Brown was outstanding for Club Collex, her quick darts out of dummy-half and gap-running ability keeping Steelers on the back foot.
Aldon Club Collex captain Sonia Eberle said her side had not approached the game any differently, sticking with the 'fun' approach which had worked for them all season.
'It was a great win because the other lot were the favourites,' Eberle said. 'We just wanted to control the play.'
Eberle's sister, Jo Peek, who along with Renee Craig also played strongly, said the team's rucking and defence had set up the win, 'shutting down' Steelers.
Steelers skipper Megan Baker, who did not agree with her side's favourite tag, said a lack of experience had told against her side.
'The team has improved heaps ... I was surprised we got to the final,' she said.
'(Aldon Club Collex) had too much go-forward and experience.'
Baker said the fact several players had to back up from the 4pm division one mixed clash proved tough in hot conditions. Baker, her mother Gina and Rebecca Proude were among Steelers' best players.