Bulls Charging Through to Final Against Dogs

Updated: April 5, 2019
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Both the North Coast Bulldogs and Riverina Bulls Coaches are thrilled with how their teams have performed in the inaugural year of the Women’s tackle in the Country Championships and are hoping they can end the season with a win at the Finals in Mudgee on Saturday.

North Coast Bulldogs Coach Glenn Bampton was delighted with his team’s 24-6 victory and winning attitude over a star-studded Illawarra outfit in the Semi-Finals.

“The Illawarrra team were professional in the way they conducted themselves, they warmed up really intensely and we were just in the corner flicking the footy around having a bit of a chat,” Bampton said.

“We had an opportunity to play conservatively or put all our eggs in one basket and go for it.

“I convinced the girls to have a good go and they really bought into what we were proposing and they reflected it in their footy.

“We were blown away; these girls were happy just to go down and get autographs.”

Some of their best players were Second-Rower Tina McRae, who defended Jillaroo Kezie Apps and Nakia Binge, who scored a double and Bampton is hoping these players will keep the pressure off his side when they face a skilful Riverina side on Saturday.

“Riverina’s results speak for themselves and we can’t take them lightly.

“We’d like to take the underdogs tag again, I think that’s worked for us.

“Keeping the pressure off the girls has been our biggest key, not worrying about the situation that they’re in so they can just go out and play naturally.”

Riverina Bulls Coach Dean Whymark says last Saturday’s game against Central Coast was his team’s best performance to date and believes they handled themselves excellently.

“We applied a lot of pressure at the start of the game and then Central Coast got themselves back into the contest and we overcame that and scored a few late tries on top of that.

“When we were a few tries up mentally everyone relaxed a bit and we were able to enjoy the last ten minutes knowing that if we did everything right we were going to make the Grand Final.

“We showed a lot of resilience and ability to stay in the game which I was probably more proud of than anything else.”

Riverina’s standout players in the Semi-Finals included Ua Ravu, Lauren Dam, Takilele Katoa and 17-year-old Tess Staines; Whymark is hoping these players can continue their strong form against the North Coast.

“We really didn’t know what to expect by watching Riverina, they really put it Illawarra and showed what football is all about.

“I thought they were dominant, fast, strong – they’re a really good team.

“We both came up against Illawarra who people predicted to be the favourites and we almost beat them and they beat them quite easily so Riverina deserve to be there too.”

The Riverina Bulls v North Coast Bulldogs Finals match will take place at Glen Willow Stadium, Mudgee on Saturday 6th April and will kick-off at 1:10pm. The match will be live streamed via CRL’s Facebook Page thanks to BAR TV Sports.