Gladstone women help QLD draw with NSW in league match
CHELSEA Baker never thought she would score Queensland's only points against New South Wales in the women's rugby league interstate challenge.
Baker crashed over for the four-pointer in the corner during the first half of the match played in Townsville.
The try regained the trophy for Baker's team.
She and fellow Gladstone player Kody House were making their debuts for the team.
New South Wales struck back late in the match to score a draw, meaning Queensland retained the trophy.
Baker said she would never forget the feeling of scoring for her state, but also had trouble telling people what it was like.
"Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would score our only points," she said.
"It was so amazing, I hope to do it again."
Baker described the match as the hardest she has ever played.
It was the first time she has played a full 80-minute match.
One of the players making it difficult for New South Wales was House, who at centre smashed a number of her opposing players in big tackles.
"We didn't get much of the attack on my side. We did make up for it in defence," House said.
"I can feel it in my body. I am so sore still."
Both House and Baker said the team was not sure initially whether to celebrate the draw or be disappointed. At the end of the match, no-one was sure if extra time would be played.
A draw kept the trophy for Queensland, but House said the motivation was only stronger to make the team again next year and secure a win.
"There are not going to be as many debutantes hopefully. We had a lot of us this year," House said. "It was mixed emotions. A few thought they had let us down but all us debutantes thought we had let the experienced players down."
Overall, Queensland's women's team escaped with the trophy, and Baker and House plan to return stronger next year.