A thrilling 60 minutes of rugby league has wrapped up the Gold Coast Airport women’s Seagulls 2020 Holcim Cup Season.
The Seagulls held their nerve in a nail biting third place decider, taking down the West Brisbane Panthers 28-26.
Down by 4 with less than five minutes remaining, fans at Pizzey Park were on the edge of their seat when Gulls go-getter Lailee Phillips rolled over the line tying up the score.
Chelsea Baker capped off her Seagulls season with a successful conversion, giving the Seagulls a 2 point lead to claim the victory.
Barely 60 seconds had ticked by when the girl Gulls opened their account, with Tarryn Aiken scoring not one but two tries within the first 10 minutes of play.
Her leadership qualities certainly didn’t go unnoticed.
“Tarryn (Aiken) is such a good leader. She just told us to focus on our jobs and that’s what we did,” Seagulls Jessika Elliston said.
The classy playmaker proved she’s one to watch, with Seagulls coach Mike Castle knowing she won’t look out of place in a Queensland jersey.
“I think Jess (Elliston) and Tarryn (Aiken) have certainly got enough. They put their hand up every week and I wouldn’t be surprised if there was another one or two grabbed in,” Mike said.
Jessika Elliston also scored a double, with hopes of representing her state for the second time.
“I would love to make origin again, and this time get a win,” Jessika said.
Not winning their first game until Round 4, the impressive season turn around will be one to remember.
“They’re a different team. We had a lot of new faces right throughout the year but the last five or six weeks have been consistence and they’ve become really good friends,” Mike said.
Despite the win, there is still plenty of room for improvement heading into next years season.
“Errors will happen – the challenge is about how we respond to it.”