Blue Heelers round up red-hot Geagles to claim club’s first league tag crown | Photos

Down 12-4 at the break and on the wrong side of the referee’s whistle in the 2018 Woodbridge Cup league tag grand final, Cargo could have easily folded under the pressure. 

But, as Sarah Reyter says, that was never going to happen, the Blue Heelers girls knew this was their year.

Tries to Karla Pearson, Reyter and then a slashing four-pointer to Hannah Watson ensured it was, Cargo turning a 12-4 deficit into an eight-point lead in the space of 10 minutes to rocket into the box seat to claim the club’s first cup league tag title.

A late try to Eugowra’s Brooke Cusack, and the ensuing conversion from eventual player of the match Amelia Davis, made the final few minutes as pulsating as any during the entire day, but Reyter’s Heelers hung on to win their premiership.

“It’s the best feeling and I’m glad I could do it with all of these girls,” Reyter said, her try giving Cargo the lead for the first time in the second-half.

“We sort of lifted after that and all pulled together and got across the line, I’m absolutely stoked.

“I was a bit (worried) in that first half, it was touch and go there for a while but we had it in us and we knew this was our year. We put it together.”

The minor premiers and favourites to claim the title, Cargo scored the first through Haylie Connaughton in just the third minute to race the Heelers to a 4-0 lead.

Further tries, firstly through Mikaylah Dukes and then Bermigham handed Eugowra a 12-4 lead, which they held until the break.

The second half belonged to the eventual premiers.

Eugowra coach Michael Dumesny said losing was always “hard to swallow” but couldn’t fault either side’s contribution.