The Sydney Roosters and the Brisbane Broncos. Two powerhouses in the NRLW competition. The Broncos proved too strong, with a third successive premiership win.
In what was a challenging campaign in more ways than one, Broncos coach Kelvin Wright says the third success is probably the best one.
“It’s really satisfying … winning on grand final day is just one of the most amazing feelings,” Wright said.
“That one there was a lot more nerves during the game.
“It was a tough game and a credit to the Roosters who just kept coming.”
Wright praised his side for their doggedness and determination to keep the Roosters at bay.
“Our team had to dig deep, it’s a pretty amazing feeling. We kept turning them away.
“I thought the defence just shows the determination and character of the players we have in our team.”
Tarryn Aiken continued her remarkable season, as she broke through the line to find Tamika Upton on the inside to score.
Aiken was the provider a second time, this time laying on a lovely short pass for Amber Hall to bustle through and score.
Desperate to stay in the contest, the Roosters would opt to shift the ball to the right.
Yasmin Meakes would be the final recipient, slicing through a simple gap to open their account in the grand final.
The Roosters would score again soon after, with yet another dummy half try to Quincy Dodd.
Dodd, proving she has a knack for such a try, burrowed her way over and the Broncos lead was cut to just two.
The Broncos would wrestle back any momentum, however, when Chelsea Lenarduzzi powered over from close range.
Cometh the player, cometh the hour, for Ali Brigginshaw to step forth.
One of the greatest women’s players ever then laid the ball on a silver platter for Tallisha Harden to run over untouched.
It was a fitting way to cap off a third successive Broncos NRLW premiership.
Brigginshaw said it was the thought of winning for their families and friends that got her side over the line.
“When we scored a couple of tries and got back to halfway we were saying to do if for those people,” Brigginshaw said.
“Family isn’t here where they usually would be in the crowds. It’s a big thing for these girls. I don’t think people realise how much the Broncos have had to sacrifice this year.
“It was a big one for us this year.”
NRL News Player of the GAme
3. Tarryn Aiken (BRI)
2. Chelsea Lenarduzzi (BRI)
- Quincy Dodd (SYD)