Not only did the Bull Sharks fall to cross-city rivals the Titans 47-37 in their last game of the season, but they also lost two key players to serious injuries during the intense battle.
Captain Allanah Penny suffered a suspected broken ankle in the second quarter while in the third quarter goal attack Lucy Garufi picked up a fracture in her foot as well as severe ligament damage.
A massive crowd packed into Carrara’s Sport and Leisure Centre to watch the physical derby which was likened to a game of rugby.
Bond managed to keep pace with the more fancied Titans during the first half, heading into the break trailing by five points.
But by the final quarter the Titans had kicked a gear as several players were out to impress the club’s Sapphire Series coaching staff who were watching on.
The Bull Sharks entered the encounter believing they could cause an upset following their win against the University of Queensland last weekend.
However, their season ended on only four wins after the Titans proved too experienced to handle for the youngest team in the league.
Year 12 Queensland representative Lily Phillips was awarded Players’ Player for round 18, amassing 17 intercepts, tips and pick-ups.
Philips, 17, held her own when she moved from centre to wing defence to cover for her injured skipper and expertly took command of the mid court.
All players were praised for going to another level against the Titans and for not crumbling when Penny and Garufi suffered their setbacks.
Now the Ruby Series season is over players are turning their attention to trials for the Nissan State Titles, being held in Brisbane in September.
The Emerging Bull Sharks program has also drawn to a close for the year.
WHAT THEY SAID
“Even though it is a relief that things are settling down, it is sad we won’t be together anymore,” said Bull Sharks assistant manager Georgia Gillibrand.
“It has been such a short season and it’s been full on with two games a week, sometimes three. We’ve really bonded well.
“Coach Kim Boland has done an amazing job to rebuild the culture and create a small family environment.”