Tannum women lose tight match to Brothers
Rugby League: It was an epic seesaw match between Tannum Sands Seagulls and Rockhampton Brothers in the major semi-final at Dennis Park yesterday afternoon in the Intercity Women's competition.
The scoreline changed several times during the game with Tannum losing in a tight encounter 14-18.
Brothers first opened up the score with winger Bree Spreadborough racing away over the touch line and the try converted by Nyree Gilluley.
Tannum hit back with a try of its own to Shakeera Ututanoga and converted by Krystal Sulter to draw level.
The flying Brothers winger Spreadborough flew through the Tannum defence to score again and Megan Myers converted the try.
The score at half time was 12-6 to Brothers.
A physical second half saw one Brothers player sent off for fighting and that gave Tannum the opportunity it needed to get back into the game.
Tannum threw the ball around and stretched out the Brothers defence and Krystal Sulter went over to make it 10-12 but the conversion was unsuccessful.
Brothers being stretched in defence again allowed Ututaonga to crash over the line but the conversion went astray.
Brothers showed a patience in attack and on the strength of back to back penalties were able to set up the deciding try to seal the game through the outstretched arm of Mackenzie Reid with 12 minutes to with a successful conversion to Gilluley.
Tannum Sands coach Will Jamieson was positive about the result of the game.
"It was a good hard game with both sides being competitive and the five eighth Vassa Hunter our captain played a good game so did lock forward Shakeera Ututaonga,” Jamieson said.
"The team completed the sets well and I told the players at half time to be patient and the game will come along for them.
Brothers coach Dom Draper said the game was a hard one for the players and they had to dig deep to win it.
"It was a very tough game of footy and Tannum were always going to be a tough obstacle to overcome,” he said.
Draper said Mackenzie Reid was one of the many stand out players and she will be going for representative honours with the Capricornia Schoolgirls later this year.
The next Seagulls game will be against Emu Park at Dennis Park, kicking off at 3pm.