The Gladstone Observer's sports reporter Nick Kossatch.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer
The Gladstone Observer's sports reporter Nick Kossatch.Photo Paul Braven / The Observer Paul Braven GLA211015NKOBS

OPINION: She's Gladstone's favourite sister

I HAVE to admit rugby league has never really captured my imagination.

Sure, I have interviewed some NRL players, and covered Parramatta Eels games in Alice Springs in my previous posting.

 

Chelsea Baker prepares for heavy contact during the women's Anzac Test.
Chelsea Baker prepares for heavy contact during the women's Anzac Test. Contributed

Being a South Australian, Australian Rules footy is my go, but the more I watch league, the more the game is growing on me.

I watched with great pride Gladstone Wallabys' own Australian Jillaroo Chelsea "Boney" Baker carve up the England side in a 38-0 whitewash yesterday.

I was up and about and drove my The Observer colleagues mad, though they too became submerged in my passion.

Rugby league has won me over.

I do not know Baker very well, but felt like she was my sister whenever she touched the ball or applied a bone-crunching tackle when the game was up for grabs.

I'm sure all of Gladstone wants a piece of the port city's favourite sister.

I screamed "YES" when Baker was first to a loose ball to score a try that set the tone for the rest of the match.

Baker of course had plenty of mates who broke through tackles and ran in waves.

The Aussie women had not conceded a point against Cook Islands in game one and England yesterday afternoon.

God knows what coach Brad Donald's glamour girls will do against Canada on Wednesday at 3pm. But I sure as hell will be watching Gladstone's own do it all again on the big stage ahead of destiny - a potential second consecutive World

Cup championship on December 2.