RIVALS: They may be smiles in the photo, but Wallabys Zeah Lane and Seagals Brittany Collins will be snarling at each other in tomorrows preliminary final from 10.30am at Marley Brown Oval.
RIVALS: They may be smiles in the photo, but Wallabys Zeah Lane and Seagals Brittany Collins will be snarling at each other in tomorrows preliminary final from 10.30am at Marley Brown Oval. Mike Richards GLA210717WRGB

TRIBAL WARFARE BETWEEN WALLABYS AND SEAGALS

RUGBY LEAGUE: For Tannum Seagals' captain Prue Maeyke, it is hoped history will not repeat itself in tomorrow's preliminary final blockbuster.

Because almost a year ago to the day, Wallabys knocked out the Seagals to qualify for the Women's Rugby League grand final and eventually winning it.

THEY HAVE THEIR SAY:

Revenge is in mind for Maeyke and her crew and despite the absence of Wallabys and Australian Jillaroo star Chelsea Baker, the Tannum skipper said that won't matter.

"We will be approaching it the exact same way because the Wallabys have some talented backs,” Maeyke said.

Seagals were beaten by a strong Emu Park outfit last weekend, but Maeyke said there will be more than 13 players who battled it out without respite.

"We stuck it right to the end and we had no subs in the game against Emu Park,” Maeyke said.

"All the team rose to the occasion and that was a positive for us and we are in much better stead this week.”

The captain believes the Seagals' forwards can match it with the Wallaby backs and there are a number of key players who will play a pivotal role.

"We are expecting a big game from our full-back Krystal Sulter and our hooker Amy Popel,” Maeyke said.

"Our five-eight Vassa Hunter was disappointed with her game last week, so she'll be back better than ever.”

Wallabys coach Danny Burns said the game will be a great advertisement for league in the town especially on the back of the Gladstone Regional Council's proposal to make Marley Brown Oval a promotional hub for women in league.

"It's great for rugby league in town to have two Gladstone teams in it,” Burns said.

The absence of Baker is something that has been the common theme this season more often than not due to her Aussie representative duties.

But she will be available should the Wallabys win tomorrow and that should provide plenty of motivation.

"It's not easy to cover,” Burns said of Baker's absence. "Collectively, the team has to stand up and Chelsea's been away for representative duties more than last year.”

Burns added that the focus is on how his team plays. "We are confident in our own ability and to win back-to-back flags has been our goal at the start of the year, but winning just one is hard enough,” he said. The mentor expects captain and centre Zeah Lane and hooker Jill Kornbrekke as others to have big games.

SUNDAY ACTION

WOMEN - Prelim final: Tannum Seagals v Wallabys 10.30am. U20: Valleys v Woorabinda 12pm. RESERVES: Gladstone Brothers v Rocky Brothers 1.30pm. A-GRADE: Valleys v Woorabinda 3pm.



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