Katrina Fanning Shield Preliminary Final Wrap

Goulburn Stockmen 32 (Tries: J Tooth 2, G Marshall, L Kelly, P Rakete; Goals: L Kelly 6) d Queanbeyan United 22 (Tries: K Hirst, S Allan, J Williams, T Martins, R Wilton; Goals: J Williams)

The Goulburn Stockmen have secured their place in the Grand Final of the Katrina Fanning Shield with a 32-22 win in the preliminary final over Queanbyean United at Seiffert Oval.

Both sides ran in five tries with goal kicking proving the difference with Lauren Kelly nailing five conversions and a penalty goal.

Queanbeyan were first on the board when fullback Kody-Leigh Hurst split through the defence and ran 50 metres to grab her third try of the season.

Goulburn were quick to hit back with dummy-half Grace Marshall catching out some lazy markers to score next to the posts.

Marshall turned provider for Goulburn’s next with a ball from dummy-half finding Jasmine Tooth who crashed over from close range to score next to the posts.

Queanbeyan responded with a try of their own after a lovely cut-out pass from halfback Kasey Dragisic finding Shaenice Allan who beat two defenders to score their second try.

The to and fro continued with Tooth grabbing her second with a strong fend on Jae-Ann Williams seeing the lock crash over out wide and extend the advantage.

A misplaced pass from Dragisic thankfully found Williams who made up for the missed tackle by sprinting 80 metres to keep her side in the game early in the second half.

The first back to back tries went in Queanbeyan’s favour as Tenille Martins powered her way past three defenders to crash over for their fourth try.

Lauren Kelly stepped up to convert a penalty goal to slow the momentum of Queanbeyan in the second half.

It worked slowing down the momentum as Kelly and Pearl Rakete both grabbed tries to seal the match.

A late try to Remi Wilton proved just a consolation as Goulburn completed the 10 point victory.

Goulburn will now face the Yass Magpies in the Grand Final at Seiffert Oval on Sunday.

Written by Josh Knox

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