FINALS RIVALS TIME
RUGBY LEAGUE: It's the business end of the season in the Rockhampton Rugby League Women's Competition.
But two Gladstone-based teams are hell-bent to take the mantle of the predominantly Rocky-based format.
Wallabys take on Rocky Norths from 10.30am in the minor semi-final while Tannum Seagals and Emu Park play for a place in the grand final from 12pm at Marley Brown Oval today.
The loser of that match plays the winner of the Wallabys versus Norths clash.
A major draw-card of the early game is Australian Jillaroo Chelsea Baker and she admitted that there are extra nerves when she dons the Wallabys jersey in a big match.
"Being the captain, I feel there's a lot more pressure on me and whenever I make an error, it feels like I have made 10 of them,” Baker said.
"I get more nervous playing in the local games.”
Because of her international duties throughout the season, Baker has played just the four games, but she is champing at the bit to help out her team-mates.
"I get gutted every time I have to leave and it's great to come back and play for the club where it all started for me,” Baker said.
Wallabys have gone through personnel changes from the grand final-winning team from last year.
Baker said two players new to the code have caught her attention.
"We have a couple of good rookies with Tahnee Guinea who plays i9n the halves or centre and Natalie Redgrave is one of our front rowers,” Baker said.
She added that Wallabys' core group of players know what to expect and what the women from Rocky will bring to the table.
"They like to use their big girls and they have some nippy backs,” she said.
"We will have to watch them closely.”
Wallabys and Rocky Norths have played just the once earlier in the season which resulted in a 14-10 win to Norths.
Seagals coach Will Jamieson hopes the strong training form will be replicated in this afternoon's game.
"The numbers have not been great at training, but the we have a really good 13 at the moment,” Jamieson said.
"Prue Maeyke and Vassa Hunter at half and five-eighth have been working well as a combination for us.”
Emu Park have beaten Seagals twice during the minor round, but the coach is confident his full-strength team will turn the tables.
Our full-back Krystal Sulter did not play against Emu Park and she is our fullback and is just dynamite...a pocket rocket,” Jamieson said.