Leavers go out on a high note after Spacecats learn from late-season dip

ALL SMILES: Emeline Lavaka with family and friends after her final Spacecats game. Photo: AMY McINTYRE
ALL SMILES: Emeline Lavaka with family and friends after her final Spacecats game. Photo: AMY McINTYRE

Sally Dwyer doesn’t like losing and after the loss to Forbes in the final round the departing Spacecats star says she and her teammates went to great lengths to ensure there wasn’t a second loss in 2018.

“We hated watching them sing,” she said.

“We posted photos every single day for the last three weeks of other teams winning and it made us want that win more.”

There can be little doubt the unusual motivational method paid dividends. 

The Spacies proved too clinical throughout a 22-10 victory over Westside in the decider – that second loss of the season never came.

“Our defence was really good. I think I had to make two tags all game and in attack I think we were just too quick for Westside,” Dwyer added.

The Parkes fullback will move to Wollongong next week as she pursues her dream of playing in the newly launched women’s NRL premiership.

Also in her last Spacecats game, Emeline Lavaka scored a great grand final try.

She was on the end of a perfectly timed Tyannua Goolagong cross-field kick to score the Spacies second try of the game.

“I didn’t think the kick was coming to me and then it was there. I fell on the ground … it was great,” she laughed.

“This is my last season with the Cats. I’ll be going to uni next year so this was really important. This is massive for us.”