TACKLER: Wallaby's Chelsea Baker tackles Emu Park's Nicole Collins after just a few short hour's sleep before Sunday's women's grand final.
TACKLER: Wallaby's Chelsea Baker tackles Emu Park's Nicole Collins after just a few short hour's sleep before Sunday's women's grand final. Paul Braven

Happy Gilmour

JUBILANT Wallabys women's coach Andy Butler says self belief was the catalyst behind the team's memorable 28-6 win in the Gladstone and Districts Rugby League women's grand final against Emu Park.

Wallabys struggled against Emu Park in the regular home-and-away season, but they turned it on when it mattered most in what were warm and sunny conditions.

"We just wanted to stick to our game-plan and we ran our big forwards on their small backs,” Butler said.

"We had the right attitude and we completed our sets.”

Chelsea Baker was player of the match and thrashed opponent Briana Shillingworth who had said via a media outlet that she would 'thrash' her in the game.

"We didn't worry about that sort of thing and just focused on winning and we made no mistakes which wins grand finals,” Butler said.

Wallabys competed in the Bundaberg competition last year and since the revamp of the local league, it was decided to have an all-Gladstone-based model developed at the start of the season.

Meanwhile Rooster match-winner Mason Collette says he woke up on Sunday morning nervous, but prepared to fight to the death ahead of what was one of, if not, the wildest and riveting grand final.

Collette first smothered a Matt Baker kick in the first half and it seemed to wake Roosters from their early slumber when Wallabys set the tone with the first two tries.

"It seemed to kick us into gear,” Collette said of 'that smother'.

Tempers flared and Calliope's counter-punch seemed to derail Wallabys' though processes which has players sent to the sin bin.

And how did the Roosters pounce on a rattled opponent?

"We kept our cool and that's what won us the game,” Collette said.

When most players were gasping air in the hot afternoon sun, Collette saw wide open space ahead of him after Rooster captain Chad Gilmour's wonderful pass.

"I pinned my ears right back and it all opened in front of me from there,” Collette said.

Gilmour added keeping discipline was key.

"There was a little bit of niggle and we knew we had to have an arm wrestle with them,” Gilmour said.

It was in the lap of the gods according to Gilmour after he passed the ball to the youngster.

"When I passed the ball to Mason, I was jumping up and down like an idiot,” Gilmour added.



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