Friday, March 17, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
After a positive preseason, the BMD Premiership and Hostplus Cup Mackay Cutters travelled to Brisbane over the weekend to take on the Wynnum Manly Seagulls in Wynnum.
The Cutters made their highly anticipated BMD Premiership debut, defeating the Seagulls 30-8 in their first game together.
They completed a dominant first half 14-0 up thanks to tries from Alicia Martin, Zoe Cook, Shannon Mato and Samara Luta.
Luta crossed for her double early in the second half with Katie Green finishing the job with a try in the 57th to finish the game 30-8.
Coach Marco Peters told Queensland Rugby League he couldn't be prouder of the team.
"The girls just competed, which is what we wanted," he said.
"Effort was there all the way through.
“Good to be one from one.
"That was our first real game together... we'll get that cohesion going from now.”
The Hostplus Cup Cutters then took to the field, hoping to follow on from a strong end to their 2022 season.
The Seagulls scored early with Delouise Hoeter crossing in the eighth minute, followed by Cutters centre Flynn Camilleri opening the visitors’ account in the 24th.
With a Seagulls try and penalty goal late in the first half, the home side hit the sheds with a 14-6 lead.
After a relatively close start to the match, it was one way traffic throughout the second half.
Five unanswered tries, including one in the first minute of the second half, saw the home side run away to a 44-6 victory.
Also on Saturday, three junior Cutters squads travelled to Townsville to take on the Townsville Blackhawks in round four of the Cyril Connell Challenge, Mal Meninga Cup and Harvey Norman U19s.
The teams again returned to Mackay with mixed results, with the Cyril Connell Challenge Cutters going down 18-10, The Man Meninga Cup Cutters losing a close one 24-20 and the U19s girls walking away 24-18 victors.
All five teams return to BB Print Stadium this weekend for the first home game of the season, with gates opening at 10:00am.
The BMD Premiership Cutters started their inaugural season with a win while the Hostplus Cup Cutters went down in Wynnum. Photos supplied