RUGBY UNION: Alice unleashes the wrath
RUGBY UNION: In Alice Rathie's first season in the Emilee Cherry Cup, the St George Frillneck number six has become the highest try scorer in the league.
The Downs Rugby 7's Competition was full of fierce competitors from highly experienced teams such as Toowoomba, Dalby and Warwick but it was the girl from St George who ran away with the most tries for the season.
Week in week out, the formidable five-eighth brought her blistering pace to the game, clinching many victories with tantalising full-field tries.
Rathie said she was stoked to win the award but it would not have been possible without her team.
"It's pretty exciting really, I wasn't expecting it,” she said.
"I suppose it's nice to be rewarded because we did so well this year.
"It's 100 per cent the culture within the Frillnecks that makes me want to play, it's unreal, everyone is so supportive sand the vibe is so fun.
"It made me want to go to training every Wednesday and Friday.”
Rathie modestly denied the skill of bagging tries.
"I was lucky in that I had to run the ball a fair bit being first receiver out of the halves,” Rathie said.
"I come from a touch background and played that my whole life, so I think that has helped in being able to hit holes and create opportunities out of nothing.”
On reflection her favourite try was a chip and chase against Condamine, when Reeghyn Beardmore kicked the ball after making a break down the sideline and Rathie scooped it up and ran the rest of the field, crossing the white line like it was nobody's business.
If the professional lifestyle presented itself to Rathie she said she was happy being a Frillneck.
"I love sport, I have my whole life, but I'm pretty happy being a teacher.”