Greater Northern Tigers: Women's side picked for Country Championships

REPRESENTATIVE: Lauren Clarke will play for the Greater Northern Tigers in the Country Championships.
REPRESENTATIVE: Lauren Clarke will play for the Greater Northern Tigers in the Country Championships.

The second women's tackle rugby league Country Championships are just around the corner and the Greater Northern Tigers have announced their team.

Instead of holding matches where Group 19, 4 and 21 representative teams play-off, women were invited to trial at the Greater Northern Academy sessions.

Coach Mick Schmiedel said 51 players turned up to the initial session with 40 at the final trial on Sunday.

"Some of the decisions were very, very hard, they weren't easy to make," he said.

"Some good players that missed out which is quite sad but unfortunately somebody has to miss out.

"If we got more game minutes we would probably take a bigger squad but we only get 25 minute halves, a squad of 22 is still going to be difficult to give everybody some decent game time.

"When you get 40 girls turn up to the final training session and your trial and you have got to cut 18 of them, you are in a very good position.

"The good thing from my point of view, the 18 that missed out could have quite easily been there."

There was an emphasis on defence throughout the trials.

"Just on some of the girls that missed out, what I would like to say is when we looked at the squad, we had like-for-like and we went with the player that we thought was a bit better defensively," Schmiedel said.

"For me defence is all about attitude, everybody attacks naturally but when it comes to defence it will be what wins games."

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Last year was the first time women have had full contact rugby league in the Country Championships.

For a lot of the 2019 Tigers team, it was the first time playing 13-a-side tackle and they bowed out before the finals.

Eight of last year's squad have been chosen again and Schmiedel believes their experience, combined with an increase in training will see them fare better.

"I am happy with squad. I think it is probably a bit more balanced side than last year," he said.

"In regards to the championships we are going to be well in front of last year.

"We only had four training runs, this year we have had three academy runs and we will have another training run this weekend.

"I think last year if we we had one trial before the championships started we would have been a little bit better."

As for the ones who missed out, Schmiedel hopes they will come back and trial again next season.

Squad: Caitlin Aubrey, Jess Baker, Amy Barraclough, Jayne Bevitt, Belle Brazel, Kate Brown, Gaynor Blackadder, Shae Blackadder, Lauren Clarke, Lenikki Craigie, Tanika Darcy, Brooke Davis, Taneika Landsborough, Tobi-Lee Clough, Joan O'Leary, Shae Pemberton, Lucy Prudden, Hannah Rando, Daisy Robinson, Sara Stewart, Amelia Tunamena, Antoinette Wenner