Was a tough encounter against a young enthusiastic Collies side.
We jumped out early and scored the first try through Kristy Sheldrick after some good lead up work through the middle. The try was converted by Taylor Morris to lead 6 nil. The heavens opened up soon after and visibility was very low and ball control went out the window in very trying conditions. Unfortunately Collies scored out wide right on half time. We went into the break leading 6-4 up.
Like the first half, we scored early in the second half through a good solo effort by Siarn Rowcliffe and converted by Scarlet Lewis to go up 12-4. We then dominated the next ten minutes and scored a good try by Gabbie Sciberras which was controversially overturned for a forward pass.
Collies scored next after back to back penalties to make it 12-8.
Collies received back to back penalties again, but our defence held, and after a couple of errors from Collies we marched up the field and piled the pressure on them with a repeat set which lead to a try through Taylor Morris off her own grubber kick. The try was converted by Scarlet Lewis to put the Butchers up 18-8 with 10 to go.
Collies scored a converted try again with only 3 minutes on the clock to give them a glimmer of hope 18-14.
In a hectic last minute, the Butchers defence held them out.
It was a well deserved win to the Butchers which puts them into their second grand final against West’s this Saturday.
Best on field was Kristy Sheldrick in a great team performance.
Up the Butchers!!!
Report By Paul Hatchell – Open Womens League Tag coach
Inspirations Paint Illawarra Women’s Open Leaguetag – Grand Final
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