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RUGBY LEAGUE: Gladstone Raidettes overcame a 12-6 first game loss to Rockhampton Rustlers to finish third in the 47th Battalion in Toowoomba.
And from the successful finish was the announcement that a total of eight women have been chosen in the Central Crows and Emerging Crows teams.
Chelsea Baker, Zeah Lane, Krystal Sulter, Vassa Hunter Jr, Savannah Pratten and Kody House are in the senior team while the junior Crows are Sharnee Werahiko and Rikarra Benjamin.
"I'm absolutely stoked for them all," Raidettes coach Andy Butler said.
"There's plenty of happy tears flowing from everyone and we're all really proud of the girls and there's been a lot of hard work put in by the girls."
All played key roles in the Raidettes' 2-1 record in the two-day carnival to finish with a 20-6 win against Central Highlands.
"We saved our best until last and unfortunately had to win the first game against Rockhampton to be given a chance to play in the final," Butler said.
"The first game was our worst in the carnival and we were 6-0 up at half-time, but a lot of errors took the sting out of the girls."
Lane got the ball rolling Raidettes' way with the first try against Central Highlands.
It was the only score of the first half before the floodgates opened in the second when when Werahiko and Baker scored try, goal and try in succession to effectively break the game open.
Lane was another who drew praise from Butler.
"Zeah Lane played amazing all weekend and she was a definite stand-out," he said
"Krystal Sulter had to move from wing to hooker and she played great as did Chelsea Baker, Vassa Hunter Jr and Savanna who both played awesome as well.
"Everyone did their jobs and it was a big team effort and if we played like that in the first game, who knows what could have happened."
In his third year as Raidettes' coach, Butler said he enjoys the role and to work with great people and players.
"I would also like to thank all of the volunteers and it was a big effort from them as well," he said.
Meanwhile it was Rockhampton glory as the women from the Beef Capital claimed its first 47th Battalion title after a 22-6 win.
Sunshine Coast avenged its 2017 loss with a thrilling 10-8 win over Toowoomba in the final.