Baker scores as Jillaroos take home gold
RUGBY LEAGUE: Is there anything the Australian Jillaroos can't do?
After taking out the 2017 Women's Rugby League World Cup in December the Jillaroos have reasserted their dominance by claiming gold at the Rugby League Commonwealth Championship.
Gladstone Wallabys' star Chelsea Baker featured in the nine-a-side tournament which was played over two days in wet and soggy conditions at Redcliffe's Dolphin Oval.
Baker scored twice at the tournament, including the opening try in a hard-fought 14-8 win over Samoa in the women's final on Saturday afternoon.
Playing on the left wing, Baker also crossed the line in a 24-0 win against Pool A opponents Fiji on Friday.
Nines is normally conducive to free-flowing rugby league, but the unfavourable conditions put further emphasis on ball control for the teams.
While the weather played its part, it didn't slow down or alter the Jillaroos' attacking mentality according to Baker.
"It wasn't so much about slowing the pace and more to shorten up the game because obviously we can't stand as wide and long balls are harder to throw and catch," she said.
"So it was just little things to make our game easier but the overall game plan was the same: we just go out there and do our jobs and do them well."
Baker said the Jillaroos knew conditions would be tough moments after arriving at the venue.
"The wind was a big factor as well. When we got down there on Wednesday we had a training session pretty much straight away and even just to pass the ball the wind was carrying it in the wrong direction," she said.
"(Saturday) it had cleared up a bit, but by then the field was quite soft so it made running hard and also trying to do anything at pace was a little harder because the ground was so heavy.
"Obviously the ball control wasn't what we wanted it to be but we got the job done regardless of the weather or conditions."
The Jillaroos do not play again until later this year with Baker returning to Wallabys, who will compete in the Rockhampton 9s this weekend.