They are the impact players of Sydney and Country. Physical, dynamic, skilled and creative girls expected to cause trouble for their rivals at the junior rugby tournament in Maitland. LIST
This year a repeat of the close encounter is hinted at again.
Country just edged out Sydney in the women’s under-18 match in what was at times a torrid ordeal in 2022.
Coaches on both sides predict an equally close and passionate battle at Maitland on Sunday.
And they helped us compile a list of the troublemakers, the players who were expected to turn things around, at Maitland on Sunday.
sydney coach nathan kelly he said he has a good mix of size, skill and athleticism.
“We’re going to try to use all those attributes when we can,” he said.
“Our outer corridors are Amelie Cobb-Johnson, Natasha Ireland and Amelia Whittaker and all very athletic.
“Chaela Lee Falls she’s a tall, long-range rear rower and we want to use her athleticism up front as well.
“We will try to dazzle with speed, but we also have the ability to slow down if necessary.”
Kelly identified several players that he believes will have an impact in Sunday’s game.
“chaela-leeour No. 7, is someone who has been gifted with his frame,” he said.
“She’s really athletic and quite skilled, very fast and has the ability to run around the defense. But in contact she is also difficult to stop.
“Tayleah Pasilialso from the University of Sydney and our No. 8 offers great leadership on the pitch.
“She’s been amazing getting these girls together in such a short amount of time.
“She has a great body and is a physical presence. She can also download and create opportunities.
“Coming off the bench we have Pyper Marchant from the University of Sydney and she is electric
“She plays sevens and is slippery, fast, fit and has a great skill set. She will make an impact off the bench for sure.
“annaliese changordon’s is another who can play multiple positions. She plays on the second row for us and is quick, good at jumping, has good passing skills and is difficult to defend.”
Kelly also made a special mention of Sydney University player Angela Littlerwho hails from Mudgee.
“She travels from Mudgee to Sydney Uni training twice a week and then for us and her games as well.
“She listens, she gives 100 per cent effort, she’s playing with her head loose and she’s a good scrimmager and when she gets the ball, it’s hard to stop.
country coach donnie nepia He said he also has players who will turn heads on Sunday and expects a lot of excitement on the line.
“There is always a lot of feeling. This is like our Home State,” she said.
Included in his team is youngster B from Waratahs Super W.Ronte Wilson (Illawarra).
“We also have Maggie McConnachie (Mid North Shore) and Lily Bone (West Center) that they are with the Brumbies Academy and they are both coming back from last year,” he said.
“Bronte comes from 16 and now has experience in Super W, which will be great.
“Lily can play No. 8 and block. She is a very strong ball carrier and loves the contact side. She is not shy to approach.
“Maggie will play seven and she’s very good in the tackling area.”
Nepia identified several other players to watch.
“emily pod(Hunter)He plays Jack Scott for Hunter Wildfires. She was on the 18-year-old team last year and is a very good ball carrier. She’s fast, she can read the game, and she’s solid defensively.
“We have five or six coming back from last year and the rest are young girls. I’m excited about what we’re going to see.”
lee millerSydney U16s women’s coach, said he has a lot to like in his young side.
“We have a half young fly Manua Moleka (University of Sydney), she has just been selected to an Australian Schools Rugby Sevens team, and she is an exceptional talent,” he said.
“She will be one of our captains and she is a very talented athlete.
“He has a beautiful passing game and extremely talented foot speed.”
Miller said his other captain sides will be Armani Bentley of Randwick/Easts.
“She’s a winger and she just has beautiful defense and she’s a strong athlete and she has a good running game,” he said.
“Our prostitute Irae Leatugaga from Parramatta Two Blues he is a strong running back and a power forward.
“There are young people Molly Adamson (University of Sydney) who has a strong defensive game and is our flanker and line out jumper.
“And our young end Kiana Vatuba (University of Sydney)) brings a lot of energy. She plays Jack Scott and she’s only 15 years old and she’s a fast, agile winger.”
Country also has a lot of talent to watch in the U16s.
“Our corridor Maronay Smuts (Hunter), she plays No. 9 and just had a great experience with the Hunter Wildfires team. Her leadership and her rugby IQ is excellent. She can read the play and see spaces that she can go through or make it doable for a teammate,” he said. Country forwards coach Lisa Vogel.
“Our number 8 Ruby Anderson from the Central Coast he has had some great senior rugby and has also played a few Jack Scott Cup matches.
“She’s so strong, her passing and running lanes are just amazing.”
Also on the side is the young Maia Madden Khan who was recently named to the Australian schoolgirl sevens Under-16 Merit squad.
The first match in the Sydney v Country tournament on Sunday will take place at 10:45am and will feature the under-14s.
At 9:30 a.m., the under-14s will play on field two and boys under 15 in field one.
At 10:45 a.m., children under 16 years of age will play with children under 16 years of age starting at 12:00 p.m.
At 1:30 pm the girls under 18 battle will take place and the final match will be the under 18 game at 3:00 pm
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