Tarsha Gale Cup NSWRL rugby league 2023 season preview


The subsequent era of NRLW stars are blossoming within the premier underage girls’s comp, the Tarsha Gale Cup. NewsCorp gives an in-depth take a look at all 13 groups set to compete.

THE subsequent era of ladies’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 abilities, this 12 months 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 sizzling type from final 12 months, or will there be a brand new contender to the throne?

We preview all 13 golf equipment set to battle it out within the premier underage competitors and take a look at how your favorite group will fare in 2023.


Co-Captains: Alexis Tauaneai and Chelsea Makira

Coach: Jason Tonna

Gamers to observe: Chelsea Makira has been known as harmful with the footy, and proved it throughout her time with the Panthers final 12 months. She’s a great organiser with nice defence, and it’s hoped her expertise will assist increase the group. New Zealand recruit Alexis Tauaneai is an enormous, match cell front-rower and really highly effective with the soccer, in addition to being robust in defence.

Shock packet: One other current Kiwi arrival Tatiana Finau is a gifted back-rower, and is believed to be an amazing addition and powerful participant as soon as she finds her toes within the squad.

Why they are going to be aggressive: Nearly all of the group are recruited gamers to make sure they will fill the wants of every place. All of them have a great aggressive drive, and the pre-season has targeted on making certain the ladies gel nicely collectively.

Final season: sixth

Squad: Abby Aros, Abigayle Sekitoga, Alexis Tauaneai, Ambryn Murphy-Haua, Amelia Pasikala, Casey Cowgill, Charlotte Eather, Chelsea Makira, Dalia Nabhan, Ebony Raftstrand-Smith, Gracella Buiniqio, Hana Laufale, Hannah Makira, Ilisapeci Bari, Isabelle Whitechurch, Jasmine Lane, Joiful Fotu-Moala, Kyana Patten, Kylani Koloamatangi, Latisha Smythe, Litia Fusi, Noaria Kapua, Serenity Mahoni, Skye Raftstrand-Smith, Tarli Dennis, Tatiana Finau, Taytana Pati Ah-Cheung, Tutaleva Lasalo, Waimarie Martin.


Captain: Leah Ollerton

Coach: Andrew Johnson

Gamers to observe: In a squad that has seen various turnover from final 12 months’s group that pushed the Roosters all the way in which within the grand remaining, five-eighth Evie Jones has been coaching very nicely and is among the many standouts throughout the pre-season. Second-rower Lilly Davies is one other who has been notably spectacular.

Why they are going to be aggressive: Like all the membership’s pathways groups, the Knights’ Tarsha Gale Cup facet has been working onerous to implement the identical calls, performs and constructions used all through the entire membership. Though they’re a younger squad with a variety of turnover from final 12 months, the group has been working onerous on creating their abilities. Additionally they have the bonus of rubbing shoulders and studying from a number of of the Knights’ NRLW premiership-winning squad, who’re set to line up within the NSW Ladies’s Premiership.

Final season: third (Misplaced grand remaining)

Squad: Angel Hodson, Ava Osland, Charlotte Barwick, Elizabeth Ferries, Evie Jones, Jalice Brown, Jasmine Irwin, Keisha Johnston, Kyah Johnston, Lacey Mitchell, Leah Ollerton, Lilly Davies, Lilly McNamara, Lily Thurlow, Lilly-Ann White, Lucy Inexperienced, Lucy Pither, Meg Haylen, Mercydes Metcalf, Sienna Limpic, Sienna Newsome, Sophia Dungay, Sophie Wilson, Sophie-Clare Croker, Storm Edwards, Tianna Sadaj, Tiarna-Lee Daniel, Tiarna West


Captain: Ana-Sofima Seia Perez

Coach: Nik Wolfgramm

Gamers to observe: Ana-Sofima Seia Perez is the chief of the ahead pack. She’s a robust, decided and dedicated participant who’s the captain for a purpose. Taleenza Nelson performs again row or centre. She’s a robust ball runner with a aggressive nature. She has an amazing work ethic and the abilities, energy and velocity to be a recreation changer. Tafao (Tee) Asaua is an enormous, highly effective center ahead. Robust defender and really cell for somebody that stands at 6’3.

Shock packet: Wanita Leatherby is simply in her second 12 months of enjoying league. She comes from a netball background the place she excelled in enjoying at consultant ranges. Very Athletic and wanting to study. Already exhibiting management qualities and she will be able to positively obtain larger honours with somewhat extra expertise.

Why will they be aggressive: “We have now gamers from all totally different corners of NSW who journey 1.5 to 2 hours for coaching. Their dedication is there and their want to study and progress of their footy careers is clear. There’s a very shut bond between the gamers and I consider that is sufficient to be aggressive all year long.”

Final season: N/A

Squad: Sophia Addington, Honoria Tafao Asaua, Lauren Beaton, Camille Berryman, Harper Broughton-Rouse, Luciana Coria Bates, Emma Felise, Jordan Fenbow, Aaliyah Haumono, Ellah Hughes, Sharon Laulea, Shahana Lasini-Ceremony, Wanita Leatherby, Oshiana Leaota, Cailan Mamea, Tahlee Maroney, Grace McFillin, Taleenza Nelson, Matilda Oliver, Elarney Pele-Taula, Ana-Sofima Seia Perez, Chelsea Smyth, Maraea Toia, Alicia Weir


Co-Captains: Debbie Doueihi and Ashlee Pottinger

Coach: Ryan Walker

Gamers to observe: The overwhelming majority of the squad is made from native gamers, with round 50% of them coming again for his or her second season. Co-captain Debbie Doueihi leads the cost from the fullback place and is a cultured expertise. Helped Kellyville to an enormous run in a robust U18s NSWRL competitors. Her fellow skipper and dummy half Ashlee Pottinger helped All Saints Toongabbie to the ultimate of that comp, and her craftiness is an enormous purpose for the Eels’ success.

Why they are going to be aggressive: With round half the group the identical as final 12 months, the facet is hopeful that have will profit them all through the upcoming marketing campaign. They completed the common season in second earlier than a slender loss within the semis, and that can drive them to push for additional this time round.

Final season: 2nd (Eradicated Finals Wk 2)

Squad: Ashlee Pottinger, Debbie Doueihi, Alliyah Ghannoum, Alysha Bell, Bella Sandford, Caitlin Peadon, Charlotte Cawthorne, Chelsea Steele, Hayley Bell, Kalisi Mahe, Kanye Maru-Mulu, Kasey Quye, Kyanna Lokeni, Leila Black, Liaina Laila Dimech, Lindsay Tui, Makaah Darcy, Melenuku’o Akau’ola Laula, Mesha Fretton, Michelle Posiano, Nella Lima, Petalina Atoa, Raphaella Perigo, Serah Poloaalii, Siulolovao Vave, Stelnina Pritchard, Tallara Bamblett


Captain: Ally Bullman

Coaches: Blake Cavallaro and Ray Windle

Gamers to observe: Brooke Talataina is a intelligent half about to embark on her first season on the membership. With an enormous array of abilities honed throughout her time in 7s and 15-aside rugby union, Brooke additionally brings important league expertise and has been a standout all through the trial program. She will probably be instrumental in main the group across the park in 2023.

A lock ahead, Tavarna Papalii was the Australian Faculty Woman captain in 2022. Recruited from Queensland, she has been a part of the academy program for a while. Blessed with versatility, Tavarna can shine in a number of positions as wanted all year long. With an amazing footy mind, her abilities will complement the Roosters’ free flowing fashion of play.

Shock packet: Krystal Bulmer is a Central Coast participant who has come proper via the Roosters’ pathway system. After lacking final season via damage, the fullback will purpose to make her return from anyplace within the exterior backs. A robust communicator with a deadly working recreation, she will probably be one thing to be careful for.

Why they are going to be aggressive: The Roosters have improved in leaps and bounds during the last two years with Blake Cavallaro as head coach. They’ve featured within the final two grand finals and had been undefeated premiers in 2022. This 12 months, the membership is searching for one other robust 12 months and with spectacular trial type are nicely positioned for a three-peat

Final season: Premiers

Squad: Skyla Adams, Mia Barber, Lily Bone, Moanalei Brown, Ally Bullman, Krystal Bulmer, Sharlize Campbell, Rukuwai Daniela-Whyte, Ilisia Haumono, Imogen Hei, Phoenix Lamese, Pleasure Levy, Elizabeth Lomu-Stewart, Eliza Lopamaua, Paige Lowe, Tazalia Marayawa, Daisy McKeon, Lailani, Montgomery, Shyla Mundine, Aliyah Nasio, Tavarna Papalii, Rebecca Prestwidge, Miya Rapana-Faifua, Grace Regan, Sienna Sawers, Sophie Smith, Brooke Talataina, Shanice Talataina, Jaydah Tofae, Jessica Whitehead


Captain: Madison Mulhall

Coach: Huw Ellis

Gamers to observe: Already a member of the NRLW Dragons Academy, Madison Mulhall is the chief of the Dragons pack and lays the platform along with her competitiveness. Coming off a wonderful 2022 marketing campaign, search for a fair larger 2023, highlighted by her robust carries via the center.

Leela Ma-Chong is a superb defender with a excessive workrate. Savvy across the ruck and with a excessive footy IQ, the ballplayer seems to be primed to have a breakout season and is predicted to be an influential determine within the Dragons’ season.

One other Dragon who seems to be set to make the leap in 2023 is Madison Lee-Kelly. With sparling footwork and athleticism, she is the smarts to the Dragons facet and is bound to be a handful for any opponent.

Shock packet: Manaia Harris-Wilson is the definition of a shock packet and has impressed Dragons officers along with her sharp development and want to enhance. The previous rugby union consultant competes on each play and is poised to be one of many breakout stars of the marketing campaign.

Why they are going to be aggressive: Coming off final season’s finals marketing campaign, the Dragons are quietly assured one other 12 months of expertise will catapult them to larger honours. In 2023, the membership has assembled a squad that mixes each athleticism and a ruthlessness to compete on every play.

Final season: sixth (Eradicated Finals Wk 1)

Squad record: Alaiyah Williams, Ashley Samantha Ketuu, Breanah Scerri, Bree Stone, Christine Haddad, Christine, Tsougranis, Cianah Georgy, Dana Hijazi, Dena Amenah Nuuialii, Dina Hijazi, Emily Coral Briggs, Emily Waters, Jasmine Dooley, Lauren Roels, Laycie Bourne, Leela Ma-Chong, Lily Martin, Madison Mulhall, Madison So-Murphy, Madison-lee Kelly, Manaia Harris-Wilson, Maraea Toia, Mele Ketuu, Nhiamya Moran, Oriana Epati, Saja Rifei, Tamikah Joe, Taneisha Grey, Teleciha Ese


Captain: Grace Weekes

Coach: Sa Patiole

Gamers to observe: An Asquith Magpies junior, Grace Weekes returns for her second season within the Tarsha Gale Cup. The highly effective centre returns stronger, quicker and extra decided than final season. Additionally recognized for her onerous hitting defence, Grace is a well-respected chief throughout the Bears squad and a key participant to be careful for this season.

Sienna Deeley is considered one of many rising younger abilities from the Central Coast area to function for North Sydney this season. A product of the Wyong Roos, Sienna is a workhorse prop or backrower with a great motor who punches nicely above her weight. Though she is the youngest within the Bears squad, she has a maturity and toughness nicely past her years.

A fearless ball provider, Lara George loves nothing higher than lining up in opposition to the largest opposition participant on the sector. Having been launched to the sport via the Campbelltown Warriors membership, Lara returns to the Bears for one more season the place coach Sa Patiole seems to be ahead to her as soon as once more topping the deal with depend along with her tireless efforts in the course of the sector.

Shock packet: Kimberly Duncan is on course to be a shock packet for the Bears this season. A pure ballplayer with unimaginable velocity and acceleration off the mark, her agility and skill to maneuver via the line of defense makes her able to breaking video games broad open.

Why they are going to be aggressive: 2022 was the Bears inaugural season within the competitors. With the expertise underneath their belt, Norths head into 2023 with a stronger roster that features a new wave of thrilling younger expertise which might be able to make a mark on the competitors.

Final season: eleventh

Squad: Alana Koro, Aliyah Tanonef, Annalise Xerri, Bella Hunt, Caitlin Hollis, Callie, Morris, Charlotte Driussi, Charlotte Byrne, Cheyenne Baker, Chloe Jackson, Claudia Brown, Ella Coombe, Eve Follows, Georgia Stewart, Grace Weekes, Hayley Patterson, Italia Mariner, Kalaye Lees, Keturah Matoe, Kianna Vivid, Kimberley Duncan, Krystal Weekes, Lara George, Leilani Hirsch, Maumi Faupula, Ruby Watterson, Shanaye Rutonski, Sienna Deeley, Sienna Williams, Summer season Enasio, Tamsyn Cairns, Terina Haami, Tyla Stuart


Captain: TBA

Coach: Darren Baker

Gamers to observe: Montana Clifford has expertise main a group across the park. The backrower has been enjoying good footy, and led the St Mary’s U18s women to a NSWRL Gold West Convention premiership final 12 months. Yasmine Baker was a part of the Tarsha Gale group final 12 months and has proven a variety of promise at fullback. They’re two extraordinarily skilled younger women who love league and lead the tradition throughout the enjoying group, main from the entrance each on and off the sector.

Shock packet: “In the mean time we’re actually impressed with the way in which the Tarsha Gale group has come collectively. We’ve additionally had six younger nation women come over to play which has been a lift to the group.”

Why they are going to be aggressive: “They’re a cheerful, settled group. Our squad love their coaching and simply love being across the membership and the amenities. We have now a gaggle that actually desires to play for Penrith and to do the area people proud.”

Final season: eighth

Squad: Bella McEachern, Charlotte Grey, Cherish Tseros, Christine Sims, Clarissa Alderton, Georgia Cole, Concord Siafolau, Ila Fuimaono, Jaida Staben, Jemimah Tagaloamatua, Kirby Maslin, Mackenzie Doust, Marley Cardwell, Molly Mamo, Montana Clifford, Montana McLean, Natalie Vaka, Piper Spackman, Summer season Jitoko, Sylvana Siitia, Taliyah Vaalele, Taya Lazare, Taylor Keppie, Yasmine Baker, Zharia Hukui


Captain: TBA

Coach: Neil Stanley

Gamers to observe: Native participant Olivia Herman is predicted to face out at halfback this season. She’s highly effective with the ball in hand attributable to her velocity, and in addition participated within the NSW Blues’ camp. Her potential to information the group across the park is a vital 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 great 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

Squad: Tia-Jordyn Vasilovski, Tess Robinson, Kelsey Wilson, Sage Grey, Katalina Veikoso, Olivia Herman, Angie Tucker, Ariana Harden, Bianca Cutrupi, Laura Got here, Ava Cahill, Charlotte Boyle, Stephanie Faulkner, Sereena Moussa, Summer season Hoban, Alena Pale Eli, Kalolaine Veikoso, Lailah Sheridan, Raphaela Stojoski, Zoe Topham


Captain: Georgia Willey

Coach: Josh Hardy

Gamers to observe: Tremendous fast and agile, Georgia Willey is a fullback who represented NSW/ACT Colleges in final 12 months’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 understood 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 Defend 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 costs. Recognized by Raiders officers on the membership’s trials, she has impressed good judges all through the pre-season.

Shock packet: Samantha Nealon is a neighborhood 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 onerous work and relishes the prospect 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 throughout the low season. With a wholesome combine of women backing up from final 12 months 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 observe: “One must be Concord Crichton, the sister of (Panthers NRL participant) Stephen. Hopefully she’s going to advance to play Harvey Norman in some unspecified time in the future. She’s a flexible fullback and centre. Ashanti Pennell comes from the nation in Baradine which is a seven-hour drive. She performs within the halves and has arrange residence 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 via is Tiana Thorne. She has spent little bit of time at fullback and centre, and might swap with Concord.”

Why they are going to be aggressive: “With our squad we have now a variety of new gamers and a variety of younger gamers. There’s solely seven or eight backing up from final 12 months. The membership is taking a variety of time to develop gamers and could have them going up between right here and Harvey. That group was very profitable final 12 months and these women have loved a variety 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 Picket


Captain: Parker Stanton

Coach: Dale Jackson

Gamers to observe: “Parker is a kind of gamers who’s an edge again rower and offers us rather a lot. Yillara Widders will play both on an edge or within the center. She performed final 12 months and her dad Dean is helpful. Kasey Taaffe performs at hooker and is one other chief of the group. 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 carry to the group. Shanelle is a really robust ball runner and is difficult to deal with one-on-one, whereas Zoe is a handful within the center.”

Why they are going to be aggressive: “We’ve acquired a really tight-knit group they usually purchase into all the things we attempt to train them. They’re keen to study and it’s a pleasure teaching these women, they’re a great group to be round. The ladies didn’t win a recreation final 12 months, however after successful each our trials there’s a little bit of perception throughout the group. Having gamers coming back from final 12 months helps as nicely, and we’re fortunate to have that have.”

Final season: twelfth

Squad: Georgie Coote, Manaia Maxwell-Puohotaua, Shanelle Lyons, Kate Fallon, Tairah Bolatagici, Leteia Duckett, Siniva Sa’anga, Cherellyn Tapuai, Te Ramaarie Muru-Hauraki, Zoe Kurnoth, Parker Stanton, Yillara Widders, Luti Maile, Loti Sagigi, Nyokah Dumas, Aneko Luamanu-Winitana, Bethany Taufa, Mere Rasaku, Taliah Mafi, Jerusa Gebadi


Captain: Sienna Morgan

Coach: Courtney Crawford

Gamers to observe: Ahead Ella Koster has grown up via 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 provider with a variety 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 rather a lot over the previous few months. Will be very damaging on the sting and deadly close to the tryline.

Shock packet: Fullback Tayleah Handcock will probably be enjoying her first season of deal with footy, however is regarded extremely by her coach for the fullback place. With a robust footy background, she positively has the abilities 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 massive efforts from people amounting to massive enhancements on the sector. Coach Crawford believes final 12 months’s fifth place end is an efficient 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 number of feathers”.

Final season: Fifth (Eradicated finals Wk 1)

Squad: Tayleah Handcock, Taleisha Love, Sulieti Ahio, Mia-Rose Walsh, Darcy Eade, Brody Preston, Sienna Yeo, Hope Millard, Chelsea Savill, Sienna Morgan, Charlotte Basham, Ella Koster, Katie Stevens, Jayla Commins, Ella Fisher, Rangitaiki Pohatu, Kelsie Frankham, Hunter-Lee Afoa-Peterson Patrick, Elise Farrant, Keira Hol, Tully Phillips, Madeleine Allen, Amelia Wright, Bianca Jones, Bronte Wilson, Caley Tallon-Henniker, Herewaka Pohatu, Kasey Reh, Brielle Luccitti, Bella Lachlan, Indie Bostock

Initially printed as Tarsha Gale Cup season preview: Each membership profiled forward of the 2023 NSWRL junior reps season



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