The multisport talents of Canberra's female athletes is normally a positive - except when almost half your team's missing to showcase their talents elsewhere.
After winning the Katrina Fanning Shield last weekend, the Queanbeyan Blues travelled to Wollongong to take on the Corrimal Cougars, but went down 38-0 on Sunday.
Their numbers were decimated with five players in Sydney with the University of Canberra sevens team, including their two playmakers and last weekend's best-on-ground Yasmin Meakes.
They also lost several players due to illness and if it wasn't for Goulburn - the team they beat in last weekend's grand final - chipping in three players to help out the Blues wouldn't have had a side.
In the end they only had one player on the bench.
Blues team manager Tammy Stuckey liked the concept of taking on the Illawarra's best, but felt playing it a week or two later would help.
"I think if we had our full side and couple of benchies we would've probably told a different story, but it's all experience," she said.