HARD SLOG: The St George Fillies gave Dalby a run for their money, but ultimately went down 17-5.
HARD SLOG: The St George Fillies gave Dalby a run for their money, but ultimately went down 17-5. Meg Gannon

Third place team come from behind to win carnival

RUGBY UNION: A home ground advantage and some hard work in the lead up to round six of the Womens Sevens carnival gave the Dalby Wheatchix an edge made evident by their hat-trick over the weekend.

The girls won three games from three at John Ritter Oval, putting up a tough fight against Toowoomba, Goondiwindi, and St George.

Captain Danielle Plummer said despite a number of challenges in the weeks leading up to the home games, the team managed to bring it together in front of the home crowd.

"We're so pumped,” she said.

"We've probably been working towards this all season so far.

"We had a few injuries earlier, and we've had a lot of new players come into it this year and everything clicked today. We're really gelling as a team.”

The final show down of the day against St George was the most highly anticipated by the team, Plummer said.

"They (St George) have come into the season this year with a really strong side so it's really good to see,” Plummer said.

"They're always tough competition and they're doing some really good plays. Give them a couple of years and I reckon they'll be right at the top of this comp.”

A devastating injury for star player Lidewij Koene halted the game, but Dalby ultimately held it together to take the win, 17-5.

Plummer said playing at home gave the team an extra boost to help them seal the wins throughout the morning.

"You definitely feed off the crowd's energy,” she said.

"You always play well at your home game.

"You know the field and you've got people here that you can play up for.”

Coach Rick Stone said he was proud of his team for persevering through some of the toughest match ups of the season.

"St George have been playing really well and Goondiwindi have just come off two wins in the last week so to beat them is really good,” he said.

The girls are currently sitting in third place on the ladder, but have high hopes of bumping past ladder leaders, the Bears, and second place Condamine at the next round in Goondiwindi.



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