The subsequent era of NRLW stars are blossoming within the premier underage girls’s comp, the Tarsha Gale Cup. NewsCorp appears in any respect 12 competing groups, subsequent is the Penrith Panthers.
THE subsequent era of girls’s rugby league stars are on present because the Tarsha Gale Cup nears kick off for 2023.
With a historical past of manufacturing future NRLW skills, this yr guarantees to be no totally different as golf equipment bolster their shares to proceed the expansion of the ladies’s recreation.
Can the Sydney Roosters Indigenous facet proceed their scorching type from final yr, or will there be a brand new contender to the throne?
We preview all 12 golf equipment set to battle it out within the premier underage competitors, persevering with with the Penrith Panthers.
Coach: Darren Baker
Gamers to look at: Montana Clifford has expertise main a staff across the park. The backrower has been taking part in good footy, and led the St Mary’s U18s ladies to a NSWRL Gold West Convention premiership final yr. Yasmine Baker was a part of the Tarsha Gale staff final yr and has proven plenty of promise at fullback. They’re two extraordinarily skilled younger women who love league and lead the tradition throughout the taking part in group, main from the entrance each on and off the sector.
Shock packet: “In the mean time we’re actually impressed with the best way the Tarsha Gale group has come collectively. We’ve additionally had six younger nation ladies come over to play which has been a lift to the staff.”
Why they are going to be aggressive: “They’re a contented, settled group. Our squad love their coaching and simply love being across the membership and the services. Now we have a bunch that actually desires to play for Penrith and to do the local people proud.”
Final season: eighth
Coach: Neil Stanley
Gamers to look at: Native participant Olivia Herman is anticipated to face out at halfback this season. She’s highly effective with the ball in hand because of her velocity, and likewise participated within the NSW Blues’ camp. Her skill to information the staff across the park is an important asset for Cronulla-Sutherland. Dummy half/lock Stephanie Faulkner additionally participated in the identical camp, and is a robust defender with stable abilities. Her craftiness across the ruck will get the Sharks on the entrance foot all year long.
Why they are going to be aggressive: After a disappointing 2022 marketing campaign that noticed them miss the finals, the membership believes it’s produced a robust squad this time round. With a very good mixture of native stars and recruited gamers to fill positional gaps, they’re hoping to show issues round and get again into the post-season.
Last season: ninth
Coach: Josh Hardy
Gamers to look at: Tremendous fast and agile, Georgia Willey is a fullback who represented NSW/ACT Faculties in final yr’s State of Origin curtain raiser at Suncorp Stadium. She was additionally a part of final season’s inaugural Australian Schoolgirls tour to Fiji, and is thought for her distinctive ball abilities and damaging kick returns.
Harden’s Abbie Grant is a first-year participant on the Raiders who developed her recreation within the native Katrina Fanning Protect competitors. A ball-playing back-rower, Grant is simply as efficient passing earlier than the road or taking over the defence along with her highly effective prices. Recognized by Raiders officers on the membership’s trials, she has impressed good judges all through the pre-season.
Shock packet: Samantha Nealon is an area Canberra product from the Woden Valley Rams. Tall and lean, the speedy winger loves nothing greater than crossing the white stripe to the cheers of her teammates. Along with sniffing out a attempt, Nealon embraces the exhausting work and relishes the possibility to assist the facet out of bother.
Why they are going to be aggressive: After falling behind in a number of video games final season, coach Josh Hardy has targeted the squad on defence through the low season. With a wholesome combine of women backing up from final yr mixed with loads of new faces, the Raiders aren’t the largest facet within the competitors, however with lightning velocity across the ruck, they promise to entertain.
Final season: tenth
Squad record: Aaliyah Lomas, Abbie Grant, Beth Loco, Beyonce Marela, Bonnie Brewer, Chloe Cooper, Chloe Doon, Elli Beecham, Georgia Willey, Hunter Ings, India Dyball, Jemikah Chow, Kayla Fleming, Lara Cosgrove, Lola Fletcher, Maddison Morris, Missy Karitiana, Molly Chidgey, Mya McGlynn, Olivia Faitua, Ruby Morrisey, Rubi Williams, Rylee Cousins, Samantha Nealon, Tikirah Douglas
Captain: Jae Patu
Coach: Letitia Taylor
Gamers to look at: “One must be Concord Crichton, the sister of (Panthers NRL participant) Stephen. Hopefully she is going to advance to play Harvey Norman sooner or later. She’s a flexible fullback and centre. Ashanti Pennell Have for Concord Crichton, sister of Stephen, taking part in for a bit, hopefully advance as much as play Harvey sooner or later, centre and fullback function, bit versatile. Ashanti Pennell comes from the nation in Baradine which is a seven-hour drive. She performs within the halves and has arrange house right here for the following couple of months. Mia Taylor has been coaching up with the Harvey squad for a lot of the pre-season and is a workhorse as a second rower.”
Shock packet: “One other younger participant coming by is Tiana Thorne. She has spent little bit of time at fullback and centre, and might change with Concord.”
Why they are going to be aggressive: “With our squad we’ve plenty of new gamers and plenty of younger gamers. There’s solely seven or eight backing up from final yr. The membership is taking plenty of time to develop gamers and may have them going up between right here and Harvey. That staff was very profitable final yr and these ladies have loved plenty of good gamers round them. The Tigers have began from the underside to the highest to ensure they are going to be able to progress to raised footy.”
Final season: 4th (Eradicated Finals Wk 2)
Squad: Chelsea Blankenstein, Abby Crane, Concord Crichton, Breanna Cunningham, Iemaima Etuale, Ella Fielding, Kristen Grima, Charntelle Haenga, Ma’u Halatoa, Olivia Hind, Emily Hodge, Imogen Hope, Claire Kennedy, Chantel Lee, Nelisa Leutele, Imogen Lowe, Myracle Matara, Shanae Morrison, Jae Patu, Ashanti Pennell, Emma-Lee Raciti, Havana Simpson, Jorja Simpson, Skye Southon, Mia Taylor, Tiana-Lee Thorne, Sofaia Vaki, Emily Wood
SOUTH SYDNEY RABBITOHS
Captain: Parker Stanton
Coach: Dale Jackson
Gamers to look at: “Parker is a type of gamers who’s an edge again rower and provides us lots. Yillara Widders will play both on an edge or within the center. She performed final yr and her dad Dean is useful. Kasey Taaffe performs at hooker and is one other chief of the staff. She’s Blake’s cousin and we hope we will get her again from damage.”
Shock packet: “Zoe Kurnoth and Shanelle Lyons are the 2 which have actually impressed me within the pre-season and in each our trials. I’m very excited to see what they will deliver to the group. Shanelle is a really robust ball runner and is tough to deal with one-on-one, whereas Zoe is a handful within the center.”
Why they are going to be aggressive: “We’ve received a really tight-knit group and so they purchase into all the pieces we attempt to train them. They’re keen to be taught and it’s a pleasure teaching these ladies, they’re a very good staff to be round. The ladies didn’t win a recreation final yr, however after profitable each our trials there’s a little bit of perception throughout the group. Having gamers coming back from final yr helps as properly, and we’re fortunate to have that have.”
Final season: twelfth
Coach: Courtney Crawford
Gamers to look at: Ahead Ella Koster has grown up by the guts of the event system on the Steelers and is lastly getting her crack on the Tarsha Gale Cup. An enormous participant who can play the again or entrance row, a robust ball service with plenty of coronary heart, who has already had eyes on her from the NRLW. Winger Mia-Rose Walsh has been very dominant within the trial video games and has developed her recreation lots over the previous few months. Could be very damaging on the sting and deadly close to the tryline.
Shock packet: Fullback Tayleah Handcock shall be taking part in her first season of deal with footy, however is regarded extremely by her coach for the fullback place. With a robust footy background, she undoubtedly has the talents to compete, and as she continues to develop her recreation sense she is changing into an thrilling prospect.
Why they are going to be aggressive: It’s been a really constructive begin to the pre-season for the Steelers with large efforts from people amounting to large enhancements on the sector. Coach Crawford believes final yr’s fifth place end is an effective signal of issues to come back, however not a stopping level, firmly believing their facet can push for the highest 4 this season and “ruffle a couple of feathers”.
Final season: Fifth (Eradicated finals Wk 1)