Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Maroochydore's fullback Lilly Bougoure. Photo Warren Lynam
Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Maroochydore's fullback Lilly Bougoure. Photo Warren Lynam

Swans women are crowned champions Swans get silverware

RUGBY LEAGUE: Maroochydore Swans coach Jordan Dwyer has praised the tenacity and commitment of his women’s outfit after they claimed season silverware in a nailbiting grand final battle.

The Swans capped their maiden season with a golden point victory over Gympie in the competition decider at Sunshine Coast Stadium yesterday.

Scores were locked 12-12 at full-time with Maroochydore’s Sarah Stahlhut diving over the line to help her side claim championship glory.

Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Maroochydore's Ella-J Harris on the attack. Photo: Warren Lynam
Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Maroochydore's Ella-J Harris on the attack. Photo: Warren Lynam

“It was a real nailbiter,” Dwyer said.

“It was a great game of footy and a great advertisement for women’s rugby league.”

He said it was a special feat considering the side had boasted little experience of the sport prior to the season.

“It’s an outstanding achievement for a team with over 70 per cent that hadn’t played any rugby league before this season or any contact sport.

“And it’s a testament to the commitment they’ve had all year. “They’ve trained strongly all year and improved every week and it’s always good when you see hard work pay off.”

Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Maroochydore's Ella-J Harris on the attack. Photo: Warren Lynam
Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Maroochydore's Ella-J Harris on the attack. Photo: Warren Lynam

He said Gympie had been a tough outfit to battle.

“They are no easy opponent,” he said. “We were just lucky enough to get the chocolates today.”

Gympie coach Troy Carlson also praised his outfit, who had enjoyed their first year in the competition. “I’m happy to go home with my head held high with the way we performed all year to get to this point,” he said.

“The whole team dug in and were standouts.”

Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Gympie centre Sophia Fisher runs down the sideline to score the opening try.
Gympie against Maroochydore Women's Rugby League Grand Final at the Susnhine Coast Stadium.Gympie centre Sophia Fisher runs down the sideline to score the opening try.