12 Aug 2015
Leading into Round 15 of the Brisbane and District Women’s Rugby League competition, Burleigh and Beerwah had already met twice each with a win on one occasion. In fact, a total of 14 points separated the teams after two games; a close contest in a Division where 30-point winning margins are not uncommon.
While Souths have lead the competition from the outset, Burleigh and Beerwah have been jockeying for second place and the Round 15 match presented Beerwah with an opportunity to get the jump on Burleigh with only three rounds remaining.
While previous matches may have been close, a brilliant Gold Coast Saturday afternoon at Pizzey Park saw the home side in scintillating form and Beerwah struggling to match it against the Bears up front. A 10-0 halftime lead by the Bears gave way to a second half onslaught which the Bulldogs struggled to contain. Burleigh walked off the field winners 34-0.
Several individuals stepped up for Burleigh and scored some classy tries, most notably a 70m effort from Bears fullback Karina Brown, it was the effort of the forwards that consistently put Burleigh in scoring positions and a number of forwards were rewarded with tries.
Bears coach Tahnee Norris was pleased to see her relatively young halves pairing starting to gel at the right end of the season and they are benefitting from a forward pack that is consistently making good meters. By contrast, the Beerwah halves were creative with the ball, but were struggling for room with their pack out-muscled.
The win sees Burleigh and Beerwah on equal points in second place, but Burleigh's dominant win pushes them ahead on for and against. Norris believes her team is on form for the finals and has the ability to reach the grand final, and having already drawn South earlier in the season, match it with the perennial premiers.
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