By Liam Emerton
The Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Capras women’s squad has triumphed on the path to the minor premiership.
Our BMD Premiership squad took out the title on Saturday when Tamika Upton made her debut at Browne Park.
The ladies took on the Tweed Seagulls at home and scored a 22-10 victory over the travellers.
Tweed scored either side of Kailah Rogers’ try in the 13th minute to give the Seagulls a 10-4 lead at the half.
But like it was written in the stars, Upton’s skill, pace and determination got her to the line, scoring in the 40th minute.
A successful conversion by Mariah Storch brought the Capras back level at 10-10 before her boot put the Capras ahead for the first time thanks to a penalty goal.
After a 20 minute grind the Capras scored a crucial try through Bree Spreadborough to extend that lead to 18-10.
Just five minutes later a crash play for prop Kristine Vaalepu etched the Capras’ name on the minor premiership when she barrelled over to make the score 22-10.
For star signing Tamika Upton it was a dream return for her and she said she was so proud to be part of this playing group.
“We didn’t start the best but that’s probably the best thing about these girls, they’re very resilient and we stick to our game plan and follow through towards the back end,” she said.
“The girls did the hard work at the start of the season and there’s not too much change.
“The half and fullback are pretty big in the spine but we fit in really well in the game plan and I think that’s what Amanda [Ohl] was really good at, just getting us into the game plan and working around the girls.
“I get to play with my sister, get to play with all my friends from home and it’s really good to have a home game and see all the family.
“I don’t get to train with the girls, we only get a captain’s run so everything we do out there is off the cuff, they trust me and I trust them so out there we have a great bond.”
The women’s Capras squad will have the week off before heading out to Emerald for their final game of the regular season.
The team will enter the finals fray with hopes that the squad will play a stand-alone game at Browne Park the week after.
That decision will be made by the competition in the very near future.