Stars set to miss Women's derby
RUGBY LEAGUE: The top-of-the-table women's clash between Wallabys and Tannum Seagals will be lacking star power this weekend with both sides impacted by representative duty.
Both teams have key players missing for the Round 8 clash with four players from Wallabys and two from Tannum chosen for the Central Crows, who play in Mackay tomorrow.
Chelsea Baker and Zeah Lane were chosen from Wallabys, while Vassa Hunter and Krystal Sulter were picked from Tannum.
Wallabys' Sharnee Werahiko and Rikarra Benjamin were selected in the Crows' Emerging team.
Baker's sister, Savannah Pratten was also chosen for the Crows but has withdrawn due to prior commitments.
The Central Crows team was named after the 47th Battalion carnival earlier this month.
The women's side will take on the Northern Marlins tomorrow for places in the Queensland Country Women's side to compete at the NRL National Women's Championships on the Gold Coast in June.
The Queensland Country Women will play a Queensland City side, plus the likes of New South Wales Country, NSW City, Australian Defence Force and other state-affiliated teams.
The Emerging Crows will also play tomorrow in a trial match against the Marlins' Emerging team ahead of the QRL State Championships.
Wallabys' captain Chelsea Baker was chosen at fullback for the Crows, who also have former Calliope player Kody House in its line up and Baker's former Jillaroo team-mate Steph Hancock.
Baker was disappointed she can't play in the derby, but expects it to be an entertaining affair.
Each side is undefeated this year with Tannum on seven wins and Wallabys five.
"It's still a top-of-the-table clash, it's just missing a few key players from each team and that's not to take anything away from the girls that are going to be there,” Baker said.
"They'll still go out and try their best and make it a good game.”
Baker tips her girls will have a spring in their step after defeating defending premiers Emu Park 36-0 in Round 6 on April 28.
Wallabys had Round 7 off due to a Calliope forfeit, while Tannum also managed to get one over Emu Park with a 26-4 win.
"We're still training very hard even though we've had two weeks off footy now due to the 47th Battalion and a forfeit,” Baker said.
"They're looking really good and we know they are all fresh.
"It will be the first game for a couple of our girls who have been injured for the start of the season so they're very keen to get out there.
"Everyone will step up and take it to that next level. They're starting to get more comfortable with each other.”
Wallabys v Tannum Seagals at Marley Brown Oval, kick-off 1.30pm tomorrow.