7th October 2017, 20:00
BRADFORD WOMEN WIN FIRST-EVER GRAND FINAL TO MAINTAIN UNBEATEN SEASON
Bradford Bulls' Women defeated Featherstone Ladies 36-6 in the first- ever Women Grand Final at the Manchester Regional Arena to end the season with a flawless record.
In front of the Bulls supporters who turned out in their masses, the women repeated their excellent form that saw them beat Featherstone 72-10 to clinch the league title in their last outing.
From the off, Charlotte Booth, Amy Hardcastle and Player of the Match Lois Forsell took the game to their Yorkshire rivals by neutralizing any spells of possession and forcing knock-ons in key areas.
Captain Kristy Moroney lead by example in the best way possible by racing through the Featherstone line in the second minute of the game, with Claire Garner easily converting afterwards.
Featherstone tried to get a foot in the game but Mark Prescott's side maintained their high intensity, leading to Featherstone losing possession and being pushed into touch. The Bulls scored their second of the game as hooker Lois Forsell broke the line from her own half and blasted into the right corner of the pitch.
Despite conceding a try shortly after, Bradford showed their championship pedigree by stringing together crisp, sharp passes that resulted in Booth bolting through the middle of the field to score a brilliant 40 metre try.
After a quick half-time team talk, the Bulls picked up where they left off with Garner claiming an easy try. Hardcastle then bagged a well-deserved four points, as she'd been at the forefront of Bradford's defence, which has been the foundation of the girls' remarkable success this season.
Her team-mate Charlene Henigan then strolled across the try line to put the game beyond Featherstone and Haylie Hields scored the final try of the game as the final hooter rang out and the travelling Bulls faithful alike sounded off.
After the game, Moroney said: "We set out to win some silverware but we didn't think in our wildest dreams we would go unbeaten."
With plans in place to expand the Women's Super League next season, the Bulls will be looking forward to defending their title when the new season rolls around.
BRADFORD: Charlotte Booth, Charlene Henigan, Savannah Andrade, Amy Hardcastle, Lisa Taylor, Clare Garner, Kristy Moroney, Lauren Hickey, Lois Forsell, Stacey Wilson, Shona Hoyle, Aimee Staveley and Beth Sutcliffe
INTERCHANGES: Dani Swaine, Debbie Smith, Stacey White, Haylie Hields, Jess Courtman, Jo Ollerenshaw and Emma Hartley
FEATHERSTONE: Kayleigh Bolmann, Sarah Dunn, Khianon Marshall, Kacy Haley, Manina Spurr, Andrea Dobson, Georgia Roghe, Emma Slone, Sinead Poach, Zoe Teece, Jas Hazzell, Jas Bell and Gracie Field
INTERCHANGES: Erica Jane, Megan Paile and Madison Laverick