Captain Corban McGregor praised her team for “keeping their feet on their throats” as the Maori team scored an emphatic 24-0 win over the indigenous All Stars in a thoroughly one-sided competition

The Maori women led 12-0 in just 11 minutes and, fearing the Indigenous peoples’ comeback, McGregor pulled her team together to remind them that working for Indigenous women back home is a long way off Townsville was done

Not only did the Maori team keep the indigenous women goalless, they also made three more attempts to achieve a dominant win, avenging last year’s tough 10-4 defeat on the Gold Coast

“It was super important and we used that term after the second try Let’s keep our foot on our throat and keep walking and pushing as hard as we can, “said McGregor

“They are a strong team and they have some power that comes back and we knew they would make the most of it if we gave them a chance So we definitely wanted to just keep dominating through the middle and things opened up to us

“I had a taste of this game last year and we didn’t make it so there was fire in the stomach to take the win tonight”

Maori trainer Keith Hanley was thrilled with the result when his team – minus all New Zealand-based players – put in a complete performance with strong defense, skill and precision

Whether it was halfback Zahara Temara orchestration attempts with precise cultivator kicks or the frenzied runs of the front row duo Rona Peters and 18-year-old rookie Mya Hill-Moana, the Maori women simply had one Answer to everything

“Obviously it was still very competitive credit to the indigenous side they never faded and never went away and again we just emphasize our love and respect for them.

“We have a very talented group and they certainly got together today and all sang the same theme song”

Raecene McGregor won the Player of the Match Awards with two tries, while Sister Page McGregor stood in for a family three of a kind with one try of her own

Indigenous trainer Ian Bourke said his team could never get involved in the competition because the sloppy handling in wet conditions cost them dearly

“I don’t know the average age, but it’s probably between 20 and 21 years old, and let’s be honest, it’s quite experienced compared to the opposition in key positions and unfortunately we couldn’t get into the rhythm or feel like it There was energy

Indigenous skipper Tallisha Harden said her team was devastated by the result, but it would only bolster their determination to become better footballers.

“It’s hard when you lose but we’re going to bounce back and I’m really excited to see what the girls do next and how they go about the rest of the year”

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