Epic Final Win Inaugural Inter City triumph for Seagals
RUGBY LEAGUE: Tannum Sands Seagals scored a last-minute try against Rockhampton Brothers to seal premiership glory in the Inter City women's grand final.
An unsung hero of the Tannum victory was 45-year-old single mum-of-three Rebecca Reece, who pulled on the boots for the first time this year.
Reece's celebration was extra special, playing alongside her daughter Brooke.
"It was a feisty and hard game of footy," Reece said.
"We celebrated well through the night."
The popular winger applied the finishing touches to the Tannum back line with Brooke in the centres.
Her other daughter, Allie, couldn't make it to the game due to work commitments. Son Hayden plays for the Tannum Seagulls.
"It was a funny start to the season with the girls calling me 'mum' on the field and had to stop because it was getting confusing, so they came up with 'mummabec' and it stuck and soon the whole team and the coach used it," Reece said.
Saturday's decider gave spectators at a packed Browne Park a game that went down to the wire for a tenacious Tannum to win a nailbiter 14-12 to claim the 2018 title.
Tannum's Shakeera Ututaonga registered the first points of the game with a try in the 13th minute.
Brothers replied through Hannah Burke four minutes later to lead 6-4.
Despite some enterprising attack from both sides, neither was able to add any more points in the first half.
In the second half, Tannum skipper Vassa Hunter crossed in the 14th minute.
Their 10-6 lead was short-lived, however, with Meagan Rickertt scoring Brothers second try just minutes later.
Nyree Gilluley's conversion had the Brethren back in front 12-10.
Hard-hitting defence was a feature of the closing stages but it was Tannum's India Poulton who found the match-winner out wide.
After the game Tannum coach Will Jamieson said it was a fantastic result after the heartbreak of last year.
"We were here last year and got beaten by Emu Park in the grand final," he said.
"The girls were just a lot hungrier this year ... and it paid off at the end of the day.
"They hung in there. It's been a big part of our season, just being patient.
"The game's not over until that final whistle and we grabbed it in the last minute and won the game."
Brothers coach Dominic Draper said while it was hard to lose, he could not be disappointed with his team's efforts in the final and throughout the season.
"It was a really tough loss but I'm very proud of the girls and congratulations to Tannum," he said.