RED AND WHITE: Alice Rathie scores a try for the St George Frillneck Fillies against the Dalby Wheatchix at Clive Berghofer Stadium.
RED AND WHITE: Alice Rathie scores a try for the St George Frillneck Fillies against the Dalby Wheatchix at Clive Berghofer Stadium. Nev Madsen

Fillies make the grand final in their first season of rugby

RUGBY UNION: In their first season of rugby, the St George Frillneck Fillies have had a phenomenal finish to the Emilee Cherry Cup.

The girls followed in their male counterparts' footsteps, heading to Clive Berghofer Stadium on Saturday for a crack at the grand final in the Darling Downs Rugby.

The Fillies were to play a knockout final against the Dalby Wheatchix and if successful they would proceed to the grand final against the Toowoomba Bears.

Coach Simon Lane said the girls stayed focused and never looked like losing.

"It was a cracker of a day,” Lane said.

"The girls didn't let them have the ball, we kept the ball the remainder of the game and we used it well.

"Defence-wise, we were up in their face putting themunder pressure constantly.

"Ball security was a major factor and our pace out wide just got the better of the Wheatchix.”

April McLaren scored three tries and Alice Rathie scored two, with the Fillies securing a 33-19 victory to make it to the grand final.

When it was time to play the Bears, Lane said the girls were in pretty high spirits after the boys won the silverware.

"We knew they were the team to beat,” Lane said.

"Jess Jackson scored first and our defence made it difficult for them to break through.

"Eventually the Bears found the line twice.

"But they kept going for it, they never gave up.”

The Fillies ended up going down 17-5.

Lane could not be more proud of his squad.

"It's pretty hard to find a word to describe this season, these girls have never played together before and to make it to the grand final in their first season is incredible,” Lane said.

"They have just gelled so well as a team and also improved our club out of sight.

"They made it very easy to coach.

"Saturday's result didn't matter, we already won and it's a credit to the girls.”


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