Gunnedah Rugby Club’s women’s team will contest the final series following the top-of-the-table clash against Narrabri on Saturday.

The Blue Boars prevailed 33-24 away from home.

A nerve-racking battle unfolded for first place throughout the entire 18-round campaign between the two sides.

Narrabri went into the round 18 clash on top of the ladder, but the Red Devils would have claimed first place if they had prevailed on home soil.

The visitors were simply far too good though, outscoring the hosts five tries to four and four conversions to two in the nail-biting match between the two premiership hopefuls, who will now meet again in the qualifying final in Tamworth on Saturday, September 2, after Gunnedah placed second.

The 2023 campaign has been quite a memorable one for the Red Devils’ women’s side.

Gunnedah has won 12 of their 14 games, with their only losses coming at the end of the minor season, against Tamworth and Narrabri in the final two rounds.

Daniela Crowther, Emerson Barr, Stephanie Lennon and Madison Rogers hit the scoreboard with tries each.

Kathleen O’Donnell and Barr contributed a conversion each to the Red Devils’ 24 points.

The other round 18 results saw Scone demolish Inverell 62-12 to climb into fourth place over Moree as the Bulls went down 41-15 away from home against Barraba and dropped to fifth.

Scone will now challenge third-placed Pirates in the elimination final this Saturday.

The winner of that match will meet the loser of the qualifying final game between the Blue Boars and Gunnedah on Saturday, September 2, in the preliminary final.

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