The Griffith Black and Whites have taken out the League Tag grand final after seeing off a fightback from a spirited Hay side before coming away in a 36-18 win.
The Panthers were able to get across the line early though April Townsend before Jadha Anderson doubled their lead soon after.
With a try to Bianca Sutton, it was three unanswered for the Black and Whites as they built scoreboard pressure on the Magpies weary of what happened in their qualifying final meeting out in Lake Cargelligo where the Hay side fought back from a similar position.
Hay looked to be following a similar script as Rachael Pearson score off her own chip kick before following it up with a second only four minutes later to pull the gap back to only four points.
As the Magpies looked to be closing in on another try, it was swung in the other direction as the Panthers’ Sophie Welsh claimed a kick and raced 90 metres to score in the corner just after the start to the second half.
The Black and Whites used the Welsh try as a launching pad for the second half, and Mata Varasia crossed for two tries within a matter of minutes to see the Panthers get out to a 30-12 lead.
Hay’s Luci Lugsdin showed her side’s fighting spirit to reduce the gap to two tries with eight minutes remaining. However, Sutton crossed for her second of the day to wrap up the win for the Black and Whites.
Coach of the Black and Whites, Shailyn Williams spoke with pride about how her girls performed.
“We really held them in defence, and the attack was just flying,” she said.
“Full credit like every other game to our young ones. They stepped up, and it’s been a long time coming, so we’ll enjoy it.”
One of those young guns was Jadha Anderson who was a special mention during Williams speech at the end of the game.
“Jadha is only 15 years of age, and I think she was averaging two tries a game,” she said. “The future for her is unbelievable, she is very young and very humble and respectful young girl, and she will become a very good sportswoman in the future.”
Williams finished by paying credit to Hay. “They will always leave you guessing and wondering so we had to stay on in the whole 50 minutes,” she said.