With only one game remaining in our inaugural season, we may have had only three wins and a draw from our 11 games, however the players, the club and our supporters should be really proud of our progress during the Seagulls’ first foray into the women’s competition.
Last Sunday was one of our best team performances of the season, securing a draw against a tough Ipswich team. Leading 8-4 at the break we extended our lead to 12-4 early in the second half but to Ipswich’s credit they fought back and were on attack for the last 20 minutes. The game concluded in thrilling style at 12-all.
It was an entertaining, tough game. Josina Singapu and Ash Jaeger were both standout performers and were rewarded with spots in the women’s competition’s team of the week.
It was a much improved performance from our previous game against Burleigh where we went down 30-6. Burleigh came out strong and we didn’t go with them in the first half and they went to the break 30-0 up. But in true Seagulls fashion, we dug deep and came out with a lot more energy and made a good showing for ourselves scoring a try and keeping them scoreless in the second half.
We unfortunately suffered several injuries during this game with Serena Martin and Olivia Attenborough-Doyle leaving with knee injuries and Kahlia Walsh suffering a dislocated hip. Kahlia handled it very bravely and went to off to hospital.
Kahlia had been a standout since joining our team and she is a big loss. We wish her a speedy recovery.
A big thank you must go to our physio Carly Jenner who has had to deal with her fair share of injuries this season. All the players and staff are very thankful she is on hand to deal with them.
Despite a lack of experience compared to most teams this season, we have been really competitive in just about every match, had a few wins along the way and had some wonderful individual achievements with representative selections.
CJ Sims and Teaghan Hartigan were both selected in the Fiji team that beat the Papua New Guinea Orchids which was an excellent achievement, Jessika Elliston represented Queensland in State of Origin and both Jessika and Tarryn Aiken have been signed to the Brisbane Broncos NRLW team. I’m sure there is some more players who we’ll see at the next level in the near future with the likes of Zara Canfield and Abbie Beecher are knocking on the door.
We have the bye this weekend before heading up to play Souths Magpies in our final game. I know we will go up there and finish in true Seagulls style, playing entertaining footy and all the players playing for each other and enjoying themselves.
In the meantime we will be down supporting Woolfy and the boys when they take on Burleigh this weekend.
NOTE: The Seagulls’ women’s team results in the past few weeks have been – 4-18 v Easts, 42-10 v Toowoomba, 20-30 v Wests Brisbane, 6-30 v Burleigh Bears, 12-12 v Ipswich.
Gold Coast Airport women’s team coach