DERBY VICTORY: Tannum Sands Seagals players celebrate after Krystal Sulter scores the final try on the hooter, winning their preliminary final 16-6 at Albion Park against local rivals, Gladstone Wallabys.
DERBY VICTORY: Tannum Sands Seagals players celebrate after Krystal Sulter scores the final try on the hooter, winning their preliminary final 16-6 at Albion Park against local rivals, Gladstone Wallabys. Matt Taylor GLA250818LEAG

Tannum Seagals fly to league grand final

RUGBY LEAGUE: Tannum Sands Seagals have flown into next weekend's Intercity Women's grand final defeating Wallabys 16-6.

In a hard-fought physical encounter, it was evident both sides were hungry to star in next weekend's grand final.

The game see-sawed with both teams trying to assert control.

In the final 10 minutes of the game, Tannum Seagals finally broke through the rugged Wallabys defence to break the deadlock with two quick tries.

It was a Krystal Sulter three-peat that helped to lay down the groundwork for the Seagals to win, finishing off two tries in the last 10 minutes herself.

Coach Will Jamieson said the players put in a great team effort to win and get to the grand final.

"Everyone put their hand up and worked hard for the game for the win and now they are on the big stage next weekend," Jamieson said.

"The players all worked hard for each other and really wanted the win.

"Our hooker Krystal Sulter scored a hat-trick of tries and had 26 tackles and 23 hit-ups," Jamieson said.

Tannum Seagals did not have it all their own way with Wallabys determined to get a win themselves.

"It was a hard game and Wallabys played a good game and it could have gone either way," Jamieson said.

"We played on Wallabys home ground and they put on a great show for just one game."

Jamieson also nominated the next best player as Shirika Toby, the lock forward, for her driving runs up the middle.

Tannum Seagals captain Vassa Hunter enjoyed the win and was looking forward to next weekend's game.

"The game was a bit of tussle and Wallabys always play a good hard game of football," Hunter said.

"Krystal Sulter was definitely our best player with her work rate, always talking to the players and movement around the ruck.

"Now we travel up to Rockhampton this weekend and play Brothers in Rockhampton."

This Saturday Tannum Sands Seagals play Rockhampton Brothers at Browne Park, Rockhampton.

The game kicks off at 12.20pm.