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Opens Girls Go Down in the South East Qld Grand-Final

On Wednesday 28 October, our combined Year 11 and Year 12 Girls’ Rugby League team travelled to Wests Mitchelton for the 2015 Inaugural SEQ Finals - School Girls’ Challenge. The girls were invited to the day by the NRL after qualifying through the preliminary stages within the Brisbane North Region.  Maroochydore State High School represented the Sunshine Coast, Ipswich State High School represented outer Brisbane and Merrimac State High School represented the Gold Coast.  The day saw our girls play each of the three teams and the results were as follows:
Game 1 v Maroochydore: lost 16-12
Game 2 v Ipswich: won 24-4
Game 3 v Merrimac: lost 12-8
Caboolture State High School finished the pool rounds in third position and therefore were required to beat Maroochydore to advance to the grand final.  The girls played some really aggressive football which resulted in Maroochydore losing the ball early and giving Caboolture excellent field position.  A quick shift to the left saw Anneliese Piczak crash over for a try.  The girls battled hard and when the full time whistle went, it was 8-all.  Competition rules stated that in the case of a draw, ‘the team that scored first will be awarded the victory’.  And that was us; we were into the grand final!
Our opposition for the grand final was Merrimac.  This was going to be a tough ask as the Merrimac girls have an all-female Rugby League excellence program and had been training all year.
The Caboolture High girls were not intimidated and were looking forward to the challenge. Our defence had improved all day and as a result, Merrimac were making some uncharacteristic errors. Caboolture capitalised with a quick shift to the right edge which resulted in Sabrina Savill running 60 metres to score.  As we already knew, being first try scorer was a great position to be in!  The first half was over before we knew it; Caboolture 4, Merrimac 0. Merrimac began the second half positively and, with limited mistakes, were able to build pressure. To say that their girls were talented is an understatement, but before too long, their Number 8 crashed over. A mistake from the kick off led to Merrimac enjoying the next few minutes with the ball.  A great set play resulted in Merrimac scoring again. The Caboolture girls didn’t give up though, as they knew if they scored again, the trophy could be theirs. The girls built some of their own pressure and continually peppered the Merrimac line.  Unfortunately, with 6 minutes remaining, one of our girls was tackled high.  As there was no time off for injuries, Merrimac were awarded the win. Final score was Merrimac  8, Caboolture  4.
Win, lose or draw, I was very proud of how the girls represented themselves, each other and the school. Go Cabo High!!
Mr Little
Open Girls’ Rugby League Team Coach