Western’s best to collide to tag trials

IN THE FOLD: Group 10 gun Teiya Thornberry will press her claims for a Western Rams jumper at the divisional trials on Saturday. Photo: NICK McGRATH

IN THE FOLD: Group 10 gun Teiya Thornberry will press her claims for a Western Rams jumper at the divisional trials on Saturday. Photo: NICK McGRATH

The best league tag players in Western will collide this weekend in Parkes, and Group 10 is sending a bumper squad determined to come out on top.

Having run a league tag premiership now since 2011, the Group 10 competition is littered with quality players, the best of which have been named in Brenden Tidswell’s side set to tag the Woodbridge Cup rep team in game one at Jock Colley Field.

I think so, knowing Western jumpers are up for grabs is a big incentive. - Orange CYMS and Group 10 start Teiya Thornberry

Blayney guns Olivia Bird, the Group 10 league tag player of the year, and Sophie Stammers are notable absentees – both have prior commitments this Saturday – but Australian Rugby Sevens squad member Darcie Morrison headlines a stacked squad.

Orange CYMS gun Teiya Thornberry says it’s a great group to be part of, but, despite the squad brimming with talent, she knows winning won’t come easy.

Group 10’s first game is against Woodbridge Cup, with Manildra and Cargo’s crack sides to dominate their rep outfit. 

The lure of green and white jumpers, though, appears set to drive both Thornberry and the rest of the Group 10 squad at Parkes.

“I think so, knowing Western jumpers are up for grabs is a big incentive,” she said, a Group 10 representative in 2016, too.

It’s the second season Country Rugby League will run a league tag country championship.

“By the looks of the team we’ve got some pretty handy halves and there’s experience across the board. There’s lots of good players in Group 10,” Thornberry added.

Thornberry is joined by Emily Melnik as the two CYMS representatives in the 2017 squad, while Mel Knight, Ella-J Harris, Bec Ford and Erin Naden – all from Hawks – are also in the fold.

Four is the most any club has in the squad, with Panthers also boasting a quartet, while Michelle Somers joins Morrison as Bathurst St Pat’s contingent.

If Group 10 is successful in its first clash at 10am against Woodbridge Cup, the blue and white girls play the winner of the Group 11 and Castlereagh-Barwon Darling clash. The final kicks off at 1.10pm.

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GROUP 10: Holly Uhr, Grace Mooney, Clair Woolmington, Michelle Somers, Monique Christie Johnson, Darcy Morrison, Amy Hotham, Jess Hotham, Chrissie West, Ella Harris, Melissa Knight, Bec Ford, Erin Naden, Emily Melnik, Teiya Thornberry.

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