Swifts women play as a family in bid to improve their game
THE result wasn't what they had hoped for but that is of secondary importance.
The effort was there for the Swifts women's team in their 40-6 Brisbane Women's Rugby League second division loss to Capalaba at Purga yesterday.
In its third season together the team has become like a family.
In some cases that is literally true, with hooker Trish Mathie and her daughter Stacey two of the Bluebirds' best, along with hard-working prop Tarnia Haswell.
Without them the score would have been even more lop-sided.
Mathie senior grabbed her team's only try of the day while fullback Stacey made several try saving tackles.
"I didn't expect a try," Trish said.
It is a surprise given she scored three in her team's previous game, a win over Flagstone.
Capalaba was a different story however, with the Bluebirds struggling to contain the visitors' second phase play.
Not that it mattered after the match.
"We're a good, happy bunch," Trish said.
"I'm pretty pleased with this group."
It is Trish's second season with this incarnation of the Swifts women's side, though she played for the Bluebirds when they had a women's team 19 years ago.
Now she is using league as a means chasing "out the butterflies" each weekend and bonding with her daughter.
It is Stacey's first year playing but, with two brothers and a mum who play the game, she is proving a natural.
"I dragged her along to help keep her fit," Trish said.
"She's starting to get in there and is getting the hang of how to use her body weight."
And while they are each other's biggest supporters, Trish admits there is some competitive rivalry involved as well driving them to get better.
"We do cross-fit together and footy, which keeps us motivated," Trish said.
Trish believes the results continue to improve if the team sticks together.
"I'm quite happy," Trish said of her team's progress.
"I hope the club keeps going with the team.
"We're coming together and working together as a team.
"It's more how we get along and are playing together as a team.
"If we make semi-finals, that would be fantastic."