Pamela Frost

Australian Jillaroos defeat Kiwi Ferns 22-14

HEATHER Ballinger was rated one of the best four in the winning side as the Australian Jillaroos beat the Kiwi Ferns 22-14 in the women's rugby league Test match at Suncorp Stadium on Sunday.

The game was originally scheduled on Friday but postponed to Sunday along with the Kangaroos due to the rain.

Ballinger is a past student of The Scots PGC College and now lives at Cairns.

She regularly starts in the front row with captain Stephanie Hancock, a former Eastern Suburbs Hornets junior and one of many Killarney players to line up for the Hornets down the years.

Hancock battled injury in the run-up to the game but was determined to play in her first game at Suncorp as the captain.

Centre/fullback Mahalia Murphy scored three tries for the Jillaroos on debut and won the player of the match award.

The score was 10-all midway through the second half before Murphy scored twice in eight minutes.

It is only the second win in history by the Jillaroos again the Kiwi Ferns, the first was in the 2013 World Cup when former Warwick student Jo Barrett was part of the team along with Hancock and Ballinger.

Jillaroos 22 (Mahalia Murphy 3, Jennie-Sue Hoepper tries; Hoepper 2, Ali Brigginshaw goals)def. Kiwi Ferns 14 (Shontelle Dudley, Maitua Feterika, Sharnita Woodman tries; Laura Mariu goal) at Suncorp Stadium.



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