Ruthless Raidettes hand Magpies 56-0 drubbing
A DEFENSIVE shutout and irresistible attack proved a perfect combination for the Gladstone Raidettes on Saturday afternoon, handing out a 56-0 drubbing to Bundaberg's Easts Magpies.
The local women ran in 10 tries without reply.
There were superb performances by fullback Chelsea Baker and prop Trish Pengelly, who were ably supported by lock Krystal Johnston and dummy half Amy Parry.
Commitment in defence was a feature of the Raidettes' performance, coming in for special praise from coach Glenn Butcher after the game.
"Defence-wise, to get another zero score line was unbelievable," Butcher said.
"Today's (Saturday) performance was really, really good... they (Raidettes) do the defence like they do in the men's side, their technique was flawless and they were stopping them (Magpies) on the spot.
"It was clinical."
The ability of the Raidettes to create momentum through the middle of the field was one of the standout features of the match.
Pengelly was almost unstoppable at times.
Her ability to bust tackles and eat up metres before getting a pass away set the platform for the likes of fullback Baker and five-eighth Boo Wall to show their class as they loomed up outside.
In her first game back for two weeks after representing Queensland in Darwin at the national polocrosse titles, Pengelly was pleased with her seamless transition back into the action, and the fact that the passes stuck on Saturday.
"Yeah it's good to be back," she said. "It's a team sport, so I like to throw it around.
"Having those speed girls outside you always makes it easier for us forwards."