A LENGTH of the field try by Rhiannon Chivers was the decisive play in the Group Three women’s league tag grand final won 10-6 by Port City over a gallant Taree City.
Taree managed to keep Port’s danger players, particularly Simone Smith, subdued. Despite this the Breakers went to halftime leading 4-0 after a try from a kick to Emma White. While they were defending stoutly the Bulls were struggling to make headway in attack, which tended to go cross field.
However, all that changed when Tahlea Rowsell took the ball on her quarter and split the line to score an excellent solo try. The conversion missed however, soon after Rhiannon Fuller piloted over a penalty goal. Eight minutes remained and the Bulls were up by two.
it appeared as though that would be enough with the Bulls working a last play move deep in Port City territory. However, Chivers pounced on the kick and beat desperate covering tackles to score for Smith to add the extras. There was drama to come in the last three minutes as the Bulls again went on the attack. On the last play of the game Fuller put in an angled kick. Katie Hogan – playing her 100th game – pounced on the ball near the line and raced over, looking to improve her position. But there was no fairy tale ending as Hogan was ruled to put her foot into touch.
Despite playing in the losing side Taree’s Jenna Rowsell was named player of the match.