Magpies, Seagulls on a wing
EXTRA time was required in both the Bundaberg League 11s and women’s rugby league elimination finals, before Easts Magpies triumphed in each.
In League 11s, the Magpies had been dead-locked with Across The Waves 38-all at full-time, but they scored an unanswered 14 points in two 10-minute halves of extra-time to live to fight another day.
Their women finished level-pegging with Wests at 16-all, but they scored two more tries while protecting their line to advance 24-16.
In League 11s Easts’ backs wreaked havoc, with Gabe Little notching a hat-trick of tries and his centres partner Josh Rollinson and winger Russell Wood both bagging doubles, while Rollinson also kicked six goals for a personal haul of 20 points.
Their Indigenous All Stars and Queensland women’s representative halfback Natalie Gala was also a hero, single-handedly matching the Panthers’ total with her three tries and two goals.
Hervey Bay Seagulls proved far too good for reigning premiers Wests in the League 11s qualifying match, opening a 26-0 half-time lead and ultimately winning by that margin, 38-12.
Despite having just nine players, the Seagulls also flew high in the women’s qualifying final, outgunning Cherbourg 26-10, with centre Rhiannon Parsons leading the charge with a double.