The Goulburn Stockmen have defeated minor premiers the Yass Magpies 20-8 at Seiffert Oval on Sunday afternoon to claim their first Katrina Fanning Shield.
After finishing second last season, Goulburn were out for redemption and they certainly achieved that by defeating the highflying Magpies in a physical contest.
Yass led going into halftime, but the Stockmen came out hard in the second half and once the Magpies were reduced to 12 players Goulburn ran away with the match.
After a physical first five minutes Goulburn looked to have the breakthrough when they spread the ball to the left and created an overlap, but Elizabeth Bradley was unable to hold onto the football with the try line beckoning.
It was Yass who would score first though when their perfectly executed backline move from a penalty tap created an overlap for Samara Afele to score out wide.
The remainder of the first half was characterised by a number of fantastic defensive efforts from both sides including the Yass defence swarming on a Goulburn attack on the last play of the half to ensure they led 4-0 at the break.
Five minutes into the second half Goulburn were over when Lauren Kelly threw a bullet pass for Elly Hazelton who burst through a gap to score.
A few minutes later Yass were reduced to 12 players when Jacinta Murphy was sent off for repeated infringements.
Grace Marshall immediately made the most of the numerical advantage by darting from dummy half past some tired markers to score under the posts.
Goulburn were beginning to play with some confidence and put up a bomb from halfway which they were able to bat back and Jennaya Ottaway picked up the loose ball and ran 20 metres to score.
The Goulburn barrage continued when Kelly kicked a pinpoint chip kick for Amy Parry who snatched up the ball and scored Goulburn’s fourth try.
Yass grabbed a late consolation try when Afele crossed out wide for her second try of the match.
Goulburn Stockmen 20 (Tries: Hazelton, Marshall, Ottaway, Parry Goals: Kelly 2/4) def Yass Magpies 8 (Tries: Afele 2 Goals: Wright 0/2)
Written by Vincent Smith-Koppie