Baker praises Valleys' 'fantastic attitude'
RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone Wallabys have claimed the women's minor premiership after strolling past Valleys 94-0 at the weekend.
It was a game played in good spirit despite the scoreline, as Wallabys ran in 17 tries, including three to Jamie Gillett and doubles to Zeah Lane, Ashlee Todd, Rikarra Benjamin and Chelsea Baker.
Australian and Brisbane Broncos player Baker also kicked 12 goals for a personal haul of 32 points.
Wallabys needed to win by at least 40 points at Marley Brown Oval in order to claim top spot, leapfrogging Tannum Seagals who received a final round bye.
Baker gave credit to Valleys' effort as the Diehards wrapped up a tough inaugural season in the women's Inter City competition.
"We came into that game wanting to finish the season strong after not playing last weekend against Calliope and having the loss (26-14 against Tannum) the weekend before,” she said.
"It was never about the score, it was about our completions because they've been getting worse through the season.
"I said after the game when we were in a huddle with the Valleys ladies that it was the most fun we'd had all year.
"Usually when teams are getting beaten by a big amount they start getting very narky but yesterday was the most amazing display of sportsmanship I've ever seen.
"We'd score and the majority of their players would congratulate us on a good try and celebrate with us.
"I can't commend the Valleys ladies enough for how they finished their season - ignoring the score they were absolutely fantastic with their attitude.”
Wallabys 94 (Jamie Gillett 3, Zeah Lane 2, Ashlee Todd 2, Rikarra Benjamin 2, Chelsea Baker 2, Lessa Coughlin, Carly Hill, Jazmine Hunt, Hollie Bimrose, Sheila Daly, Cathy Miers tries; Chelsea Baker 12, Ashlee Todd goals) defeated Valleys 0.