Road to Grand Final - 110 years in the making

For the first time in 110 years, the South Sydney Rabbitohs will create history when our women's side take on Mounties on Friday night to compete in the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership Grand Final.

In what is part of a huge doubleheader at ANZ Stadium, the women's side will kick-off at 5.30pm before the men take arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters. 

Friday night will be a chance for our women's side to not only represent the South Sydney Rabbitohs Club and district but also to represent themselves and their families in what will be a historic night for Rugby League.

 

Key moments

The Rabbitohs started off their campaign against CRL Newcastle and in their first outing in 110 years the Red and Green women put out an early warning shot to the competition. 

A demolition 54-4 victory saw Souths score nine tries, with forward Eunice Grimes going in for two whilst halfback Maddie Studdon converted all nine tries. 

The Rabbitohs women stormed through their next two matches as they swept by the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs and Cronulla Caringbah. 

However, their Round 4 matchup against Cabramatta was a real test of the team's endurance as the Rabbitohs lost key players to Country Championships. 

The undefeated Rabbitohs held on thanks to a double from Nikatah Wilson and a special try from captain Lavina O'Mealey. 

The Rabbitohs would continue their hot streak right the way through to Round 8 where they would meet their first road bump being held to an 18-all draw against Brothers Penrith at ANZ Stadium. 

However, it didn't take long for the Rabbitohs women to get back to winning ways as they emphatically dealt with the Wentworthville Magpies 78-2 where winger Taleena Simon scored a whopping six tries. 

An unexpected slew of results against Newcastle CRL (4-24) and the Bulldogs (14-all) failed to deter the side as wins over Cabramatta and North Sydney in the final two rounds sealed the Minor Premiership.

Despite the loss to Mounties, the Rabbitohs sealed their spot in the Grand Final as they took down Cabramatta 26-12 in the third week of finals.

 

The Talent

Plenty of homegrown players such as captain Lavina O'Mealey, halfback Maddie Studdon and forward Jasmin Allende have come through the grades and now get to wear the famous Cardinal and Myrtle.

For O'Mealey, a veteran of women's Rugby League, 2018 will be her final season, which will hopefully result in a premiership come Friday night. 

The side also includes the aforementioned Taleena Simon, and mercurial fullback Nakia Davis-Welsh, whose impact has resulted in plenty of four-pointers. Many will be familiar with Cameron Murray, with his younger sister Bryanna featuring on the wing for the women's side as well, bagging a hat-trick against North Sydney in the final round of the regular competition.

The engine room might not have any Burgesses, but the influence of Eunice Grimes, Kimbaley Kershaw, Chloe Caldwell and Meleanna Waters are a big reason why the Rabbitohs have been unstoppable through the middle all season. 

  

Season Stats 

Season Results

 

Key players

Head Coach Danny Allende has a plethora of talented players at his disposal, here are just some that have been integral to the Rabbitohs 2018 season. 

Kyara Nean 

 

Chloe Caldwell

 

Eunice Grimes

 

Taleena Simon

 

Maddie Studdon 

 

Allende's final word

"I'm very proud, I'm honoured to coach them and I'm amazed at how humble these girls are and how hard they have worked and being able to coach them is an absolute privilege."

Danny AllendeSouth Sydney Rabbitohs Women's Head Coach

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