Wallabys women do wonders in decider
RUGBY LEAGUE: In a day for rugby league grand final thrillers, Wallabys and Emu Park did not let down the fans who packed the stands at Marley Brown Oval.
Led by the brilliant Chelsea Baker, Wallabys stormed home in the second half to win the decider 28-6.
Baker put down the game's first try for Wallabys in trademark style to have her team full of running in the first few minutes.
The game was halted for best part of 40 minutes after Wallabys' Dezarye Millard dislocated her knee and was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Emu Park, which finished minor premiers and dropped just one game, fought back courtesy of a Chantelle Nagel try.
But Wallabys raised their intensity again to have Natasha Raroa adding a second try and when Baker took the opportunity to burn off her opponent for her second try, the game was a foregone conclusion.
A shanked kick by Emu Park typified their day as Wallabys never allowed their opposition time and space while at the same time maximised time and space they created of their own.
Meagan Wex and Brook Alexander, along with Baker stood out.
Tashina Ketchup led the way despite a knee injury and she delivered some big hits and tackles.
Baker made it a hat-trick of tries in a player-of-the match effort.
"It's unreal and I am speechless,” Wex said of the result that sealed Wallabys first premiership in the new competition after Wallabys competed in the Bundaberg league last season.
"We have been training since the end of last year.”
Wex said nerves do not hinder her and it showed because she was clean with the ball.
She added that her teammates knew that the result was done and dusted with 10 minutes left.
"It's hard to judge Emu Park because they can score quickly, but we knew we had it towards the end,” Wex said.