Pain and misery best described the Bullettes meagre Southern Inland Rugby Union finals campaign after they were demolished 54-nil at Conolly Park on Saturday.
Tumut entered the semi final in third place after a strong season and were expected to be a big chance of progressing to the next stage but failed to turn up as Griffith put on 10 unanswered tries.
Griffith was calculated, scoring five first half tries to lead 25-nil at the break before running away with the contest 54-nil.
Blacks’ coach Sam Loaloadravu praised his side’s efforts.
“The girls have been working hard to be ready for finals and they showed their worth on the weekend,” he said.
“I couldn’t ask anymore of the girls.”
When quizzed on his side’s chances next weekend, the Griffith skipper was keeping an upbeat approach.
“We get to play at home and in front of a big crowd – there is no doubting the girls will be up for it,” he said.
Bullettes coach Lorraine Ngauma is hoping the result will be a learning experience for her girls.
“Super proud coach right here despite the score on the weekend,” she said.
“I think the pressure and hype may have been a little bit too much for us all but the ladies can only learn and grow as we rest up for next season.”
The Bullettes were on the back foot before a whistle was even blown when Monique Bullock withdrew after only recently having her tonsils removed.
To make matters worse, Monique Toppin was crunched in an early tackle and was unable to play the remainder of the game due to a rib injury.
In Toppin’s absence, the Blacks were causing Tumut all sorts of issues at the break down and were able to make easy metres past the gain line.
On the back of this, Ua Ravu and Nuimai Liku Serukabaivata were unstoppable on the fringes for Griffith and both finished with a hat-trick of tries; Ravu the most dangerous player on the field with some brilliant returns from fullback.
“I feel bad for Tumut, that was the best we have played all year,” Ravu said.
“We were really organised, we did our jobs and all of our players picked themselves up for a massive game.”
The loss for Tumut spells the end to their 2019 season, while Griffith will take on the Reddies in the major semi final.
The top placed Reddies were accounted for by the Waratahs 32-19 with Batlow rugby products Sophia and Andrea Kirkby proving to be a real asset to the Wagga club.
Sophia Kirkby crossed for two-tries in the contest, while Andrew Kirkby looked dangerous in attack and defence.
The Kirby girls and their Tahs will now have a week off as they prepare to host either Reddies or Griffith in the 2019 women’s 10s decider.