Lakes have knocked over Wests with a “soccer score” on Sunday morning, after Tempe Oke’s high-pressure penalty goal cancelled out the Rosellas’ one-point field goal advantage they’d netted minutes earlier at Harker Oval.
Neither side were able to cross the line in the 50-minute contest in Round 10, with Wests settling for a one-point lead off Tahlia Goldsmith’s boot in the 41st minute. It as the second time the two sides had been split by two points or less in 2019.
Last time out, Wests ousted the Seagulls 2-nil in Tomaree. This time, the two-point opportunity arose for Lakes just four minutes out from the full time whistle.
Oke, who has already kicked a half dozen goals this season, slotted it home.
“Tempe told me she had to adjust the ball a few times on the tee because she was a bit nervous, but she got the job done which is great,” Lakes coach Logan Redman said after his side’s 2-1 win over the champions. “It’s one of those kicks you dream of doing.”
After the two-point loss in the Ladies in League round earlier in the season, Redman admitted his side had been gunning for revenge against the Rosellas next time they met.
“They beat us in the Ladies round, so we knew next time was going to be a close one,” the Seagulls boss said. “Wests are a great side, and a benchmark for a lot of teams this year, so to beat them – even if it was close – gives us a whole lot of confidence.
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“In my opinion they [Wests] are expected to win this year, so to get away with two points against a team like that shows how good we were across the park. We want to keep getting these kind of results, and the confidence from this can carry us on.”
Lakes’ defence kept them in the contest for much of the meeting at Harker Oval too.
Just ahead of Goldsmith’s field goal, Nicole Stanfield nearly put Tazmyne Luschwitz over under the sticks. A last-ditch tackle from Laura Neale was all that stopped the potential opening four-pointer of the clash.
Also in the Newcastle Rugby League Blues Tags’ ninth round, Kurri Kurri stormed into the top three with a 50-point win over Macquarie, while Nelson Bay edged Cessnock 8-4 to stay within four points of the top-six pack.
Souths and Central were also lined up to contest a Sunday morning clash at Townson Oval, but was cancelled due to stormy weather. Maitland had the ninth round bye.
STANDINGS: Central (18), Wests (14), Kurri, Souths, Maitland, Lakes (12), Nelson Bay (8), Macquarie (4), Cessnock (2).