Raidettes win title with minor premiership
THE Gladstone Raidettes have won the minor premiership and exacted revenge on the Bundy Brothers for a defeat earlier this year.
Gladstone Raidettes lost by two to Brothers earlier this year and have had this match marked on their calendar ever since.
The Raidettes won the match at Marley Brown Oval on Saturday night 32-12, with a skilful and determined effort.
But the Raidettes started poorly, when they lost the ball over the touch line when receiving the kick off.
Amends were quickly made when five-eighth Boo Wall stepped a lazy tackle, then with an elegant flick pass put fullback Chelsea Baker in for a try.
Baker couldn't keep herself out of the match from then on.
The speedster left the Bundaberg defence in her wake for most of the night.
Bundy Brothers tried to level the stakes with a strong passage of forward runs but could not stop the Raidettes heading into the half-time break up 20-0.
The second half started just like the first, with a try to Baker. After Baker's try the Bundaberg began to rally.
Despite the Raidettes' best efforts at defending their line, Brothers scored their first try.
At the end, the Raidettes counted down the seconds on the clock and roared in celebration. Raidettes' coach Glenn Butcher said it was a clinical display from the girls.
"We knew we could score, they are a classy team and we had to defend well," he said. "We didn't give them a chance, our defence was great."
Bundy Brothers' coach Glen Darby said he was disappointed with the result.
"They had a point to prove and we were just out enthused," he said.
The side now has a few weeks off before returning to play in the semi-finals.