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26 June, 2021

Miners slay U-14 Sharks

IT WAS a thriller for all the right reasons.

Moranbah Miners dominated the 2021 U14s girls rugby league grand final, at BB Print Stadium, sending South Sharks home as runners-up.

Moranbah Miners coach Kathryn Rasmussen, said just being at the stadium and playing at the home of the Mackay Cutters was a buzz - especially after COVID-19 had wreaked havoc on the 2020 season.

“It was absolutely amazing,” she said.

“This year we have had to push hard and we lost players - some to injury and others who left town, but we have such a dedicated group,” Rasmussen said.

Souths coach, Naton Pitt said that the Sharks’ progress through the year had been great.

“We had a shaky start, but it was a fantastic finish,” Pitt said.

“The girls have really enjoyed them- selves and I think that is why we made it this far.”

Moranbah Miners Mikayla Pitt took the kickoff to start the match but play soon halted with Souths’ Jaccoa Keyseeker injured and taken off the field to be tended to on the sidelines.

Kendra Knox put the first points on the board for Moran- bah, but an unsuccessful con- version saw the score at 4-0.

The Sharks did well to keep Moranbah back from the line however a grubber kick sent the ball spiralling out of bounds.

Brianna Blohm pushed back, taking the ball over the line for another try for Moranbah with Jennifer Kimber making the conversion.

Moranbah was in the lead 10-0 and primed for another run.

The chance came for Madyson Pearson, with Jennifer making another successful conversion.

The Miners led 16-0 as the match moved into half-time off the back of a good run by for Sophie Aspinall.

Things didn’t bode well for Souths who were looking to make some serious points as the girls ran on for the second stanza.

Injury struck Moranbah this time, with Claudia Illguth taking a tumble.

Ellanore Herlihy found the white line in the far-right cor- ner, and even though the con- version was unsuccessful, the Miners seemed untouchable.

Moranbah were seemingly unstoppable with Herlihy taking a second try for the night, and then Kendra Knox also taking her second.

As if still needing convincing, Jennifer Kimber tried and converted adding a final six points to the compelling score.

At full time it was 34-0 to Moranbah.

A convincing win, but a score which belied the effort and mettle of the Souths Sharks girls who fought hard until the final whistle.

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