All together now: Central West women name bumper squad for crack at two crowns

OUT IN FRONT: Emus prop Charmaine Buckley has been named in Central West's 22-strong women's squad to contest sevens and 15-a-side country championships in 2018. Photo: JUDE KEOGH
OUT IN FRONT: Emus prop Charmaine Buckley has been named in Central West's 22-strong women's squad to contest sevens and 15-a-side country championships in 2018. Photo: JUDE KEOGH

For the Central West’s 2018 women’s representative program, it’s a case of all together now.

Central West coach Greg Horton has this year selected a 22-strong women’s squad, from which he’ll take a sevens team and an open women’s 15-a-side outfit to separate country championship campaigns.

The holistic approach to the women’s game in Central West has Horton excited, but most importantly it’s got the playing group buzzing ahead of a bumper 2018.

“The ones that are in are very keen. We’ve had good numbers to training, which is nice,” he said.

“And those numbers are from all over the zone, too. It’s a real mixed bag. No one club dominates.”

Last year’s Blowes Clothing Cup women’s champions Bathurst has six players named in Horton’s Central West squad – two-try hero Edwina Ulberg and player of the grand final Marita Shoulders headline the Dogs’ contingent.

Top tier clubs Orange Emus, Orange City and Cowra each have representatives while Mudgee and GrainCorp Cup clubs Cootamundra, West Wyalong and Temora also supply players to this year’s rep program.

West Wyalong, especially, helped Central West claim last year’s country championship sevens crown, with Sharnah Stevens named player of the tournament.

Stevens is back in 2018 for Central West and Horton said a lot of those girls will lead the zone’s championship defence.

“It’s a bit of a different team this year, but the overall quality of the squad is a lot stronger this year,” Horton enthused about his side’s sevens defence.

Central West has already trialed once this season, a five-tries-to-none result against a bumper ACT side - many of those players being members of the Brumbies Super W team – pointing towards strong campaigns in both sevens and 15s championships.

Central West will commence training as a squad this Sunday at Cowra from 10am.

The sevens country championship is at Warren this year while the 15s will be staged at Campbelltown.

  • CENTRAL WEST: Davina Wright (Emus), Amy Fazakas (Temora), Krystal Fyfe (West Wyalong), Mel Waterford (Bathurst), Sabre Medhurst (Cootmundra), Roxy Dougall (Temora), Eden Heke (West Wyalong), Marita Shoulders (Bathurst), Mandy Soctt (Bathurst), Kenesha Stevens (West Wyalong), Louise Raleigh (Cootamundra), Alyza Doulas (Bathurst), Helen Limn (Mudgee), Tanielle Michael (Cowra), Courtney Currie (Orange City), Michelle Munro (Cowra), Edwina Ulberg (Bathurst), Charmaine Buckley (Emus), Rita Palm (Mudgee), Sharnah Stevens (West Wyalong), Tegan Miller (Bathurst), Simone Middleton (Cowra).

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