The Goulburn Stockmen are through the inaugural Katrina Fanning Shield grand final after defeating the Yass Magpies 18-10 in icy conditions at Seiffert Oval.
“It feels really good,” said Goulburn hooker Jennaya Ottaway. “It was a heaps good effort by all the girls today, especially in this weather.”
The Stockmen got off to a quick start through five-eighth Pearl Rakete before Ottaway doubled the score when she crossed from dummy-half.
Gabbie Suckling ensured that Yass remained within striking distance when the five-eighth ran straight though Goulburn’s defence.
Nicole Parspane dropped a chance for the Magpies as the rain continued to bucket down, but she made up for it shortly afterwards to bring Yass within two points of Goulburn.
Ottaway once again managed to get her name on the score sheet with a scoot from dummy-half but Yass continued to threaten the Goulburn defence.
Tayla-Jayne Chapman managed to go over the line for Yass but the ball slipped out of her grasp in the process while Suckling latched onto a grubber but was adjudged to be offside.
Hollie Deaton was prevented a late try by some brilliant Yass defence but it wasn’t enough to stop Goulburn from progressing through to next weekend’s grand final.
Goulburn coach John Thomas said he was pleased to see his side through to the inaugural grand final and believes his side can compete with the undefeated Blues.
“We can match them,” Thomas said. “In both games (against the Blues this season), we’ve been more than competitive.
“I reckon with the confidence we have now, we’ll be spot on.”