Oakdale Workers ladies make incredible rise to the top

The Oakdale Workers ladies league-tag team has been named 2019 minor premiers.
The Oakdale Workers ladies league-tag team has been named 2019 minor premiers.

Everyone loves a feel-good sport story.

The Oakdale Workers have enjoyed an incredible rise in the Group 6 ladies league tag competition in the past year.

The side received the dreaded wooden spoon 12 months ago. In 2019, the Workers have secured the minor premiership and are on track to win the title.

Oakdale player and club secretary Lauren McInness said it had been a delightful turnaround.

"The team was last year built around girls wanting to have a go," she said.

"Some girls like me had dads that played for the Workers and we wanted to represent the same club.

"We got beaten 80-0 some weeks - it was tough. It was the first year for many players, they were still learning the game.

"It hurt, but there were still no negativeness. We were happy to give it a go the next week, even if we might get flogged again."

McInness said the Workers had a "big shake up" ahead of the 2019 season.

She said only eight players remained from last year's squad.

"We brought in Mandy Carlile as captain/coach and her guidance has been the biggest change," she said.

"Mandy is a really experienced player and has represented her country. Troy Waters has also come in as assistant coach and provided invaluable support."

McInness said the Workers team consisted of a "great bunch of girls".

"There is no ego, everyone wants to play for each other," she said.

"We have girls with enthusiasm who play with hearts, and girls with experience that blends in so well together.

"We have only lost one game so far."

The Workers have wrapped up the minor premiership with one week remaining until finals.

Oakdale has the bye this round, but holds an unassailable lead at the top of the ladder.