The Tarsha Gale Sharks continued to keep their best form for the back end of the season in beating the Panthers 18-12 in week one of the finals.
The defending Tarsha Gale champions, the Sharks began slowly in 2019, losing their first six games, however three wins in a row to qualify for the finals, then the victory over Penrith, has them growing in confidence every week.
Playing a team who had beaten them during the regular season, the Sharks began strongly, opening the scoring in fourth minute when Jamie Chapman scored.
She converted the try for a 6-0 lead.
In a game where the Sharks never trailed, the Panthers made it 6-4, before a second Chapman four-pointer made it 10-4.
The Panthers wouldn't go away, bridging the gap with a try, before the Sharks went six ahead once more when Kelly Gilmore crossed.
The Sharks would seal the win courtesy of an Alexandra Weir touchdown, their fourth of the match, pushing their lead out to 18-8, with the Panthers crossing for a consolation try in the final minute.
The Tarsha Sharks move through to week two of the finals, with an opponent and game details to be communicated once they become available.
Jamie Chapman 2, Alexandra Weir, Kelly Gilmore tries, Chapman goal