RHIANNON Chivers never would have thought when she woke up on Sunday morning that she’d score the match-winning try.
But that’s exactly what happened when the Breakers completed an undefeated season with a heartstopping 10-6 win over defending ladies league tag defending premiers Taree City.
With the Bulls clinging to a 6-4 lead with just three minutes left on the clock and pressing the Breakers line, a grubber kick was put through.
Chivers found herself with the ball in her lap and looked up to see nothing but fresh air and a 90-metre sprint to the tryline.
She beat the despairing dives of two of the Taree City defenders to almost go the length of the field and put the Breakers back in front.
Coach Dan Kemp was thrilled for his girls to complete the undefeated season despite not playing anywhere near their best on grand final day.
“They didn’t play their best football to be honest, but that can happen in grand finals,” he said.
“Taree played really well and we probably didn’t have our head in it the way we’d want to, but one game in four or five weeks hasn’t helped in that regard.
“At the end of the day you do what you can in a grand final and they clawed their way out to a win.”
He never thought it wouldn’t be their day despite trailing and the clock winding down.
“We’ve got a program we go to in times like that and I thought we‘d only need one set,” he said.
“I certainly didn’t envisage to win the way we did, but you take it any way you can on grand final day.”
He was most pleased at the girls’ ability to find a way to win despite not playing their best.
“They showed a lot of fight and they stayed in it,” Kemp said.
"At no stage did we do what we do well and look good, but they stayed in the arm wrestle.”
Kemp conceded the occasion got to his girls.
“I wanted them to play in front of a big crowd and show how well they can play this game,” he said.
“They were a nervous bunch the girls, no doubt about it, but they got the chocolates so it doesn’t matter.”