NRLW Team List
Round 7, 1:50PM Sunday 3rd September, Industree Group Stadium
The jubilant celebrations following Parramatta’s breakthrough win in the 2023 season immediately switch gears to grim resolve as the Blue & Gold now plot to take down the fearsome Sydney Roosters in Round 7. Dean Widders has made a single adjustment to his victorious squad as Capri Paekau returns to the interchange bench in place of Nakia Davis-Welsh.
Rookies Lindsay Tui and Noaria Kapua have held their places in the team after strong debuts. Team continues to find a healthy balance between the heady experience of veterans like Rachael Pearson, Talesha O’Neill and Mahalia Murphy alongside the invigorating energy of Tui and Kapua as well as breakout stars like Cassey Tohi-Hiku, Tyla Amiatu and Zali Fay.
Defeating the Roosters will be an enormous undertaking this week. Their team reads like an All-Stars representative squad. Baxter, Sergis, Kelly, Aiken, Kelleher, Boyle, Davis, Hill-Moana, Kernick and Joseph are all elite talents and it comes as no surprise that the Tri-colours lead the competition after six rounds.
Parramatta enter the contest as firm outsiders but shouldn’t be writing themselves off after terrific showings against Brisbane and Canberra before their win against North Queensland. Minimising errors will be the name of the game for the Eels. They simply can’t afford to spot the Roosters free possession and field position. If they can stay on top on their completion rates and settle into an early rhythm then they could ask some serious questions of the form team of the premiership.
|Parramatta Eels||Sydney Roosters|
|Abbi Church||1||Corban Baxter|
|Zali Fay||2||Brydie Parker|
|Lindsay Tui||3||Jessica Sergis|
|Cassey Tohi-Hiku||4||Isabelle Kelly|
|Kimberley Hunt||5||Mia Wood|
|Pihuka Berryman-Duff||6||Tarryn Aiken|
|Rachael Pearson||7||Jocelyn Kelleher|
|Talesha O’Neill||8||Millie Boyle|
|Rueben Cherrington||9||Keeley Davis|
|Tyla Amiatu||10||Mya Hill-Moana|
|Amelia Mafi||11||Otesa Pule|
|Mahalia Murphy||12||Olivia Kernick|
|Jade Fonua||13||Keilee Joseph|
|Capri Paekau||14||Joeli Morris|
|Noaria Kapua||15||Grace Hamilton|
|Ruby-Jean Kennard-Ellis||16||Pani Hopoate|
|Madeline Jones||17||Amelia Pasikala|
|Nakia Davis-Welsh||18||Jayme Fressard|
|Kyra Simon||19||Teuila Fotu-Moala|
|Taneka Todhunter||20||Lexi Kiriwi|
|Monique Donovan||21||Lily Rogan|
|Shannon Muru||22||Tyler Bentley|
Jersey Flegg Team List
Finals Week 1, 11:00AM Saturday 2nd September, North Sydney Oval
It took some help from Canberra (who left it until 2-minutes from full time, mind you!) and some incandescent form of their own but the Parramatta Eels have burned down the door to the Jersey Flegg finals in 2023. Parramatta won five of their last six matches in the regulation season to claim the last berth in the finals and now meet the team they beat in their last start in the Penrith Panthers.
Craig Brennan has made some tortuous decisions this week about who to pick and who to leave out given that his young team has given him everything they’ve got in this prolonged run. Richard Penisini is back at right centre after recovering from a head knock two weeks ago. He pushes Blaize Talagi to the bench as the super utility. Toni Mataele is out due to suspension but some serious firepower comes in to replace him as Jontay-Junior Betham-Misa steps back into the arena of Jersey Flegg.
Jock Brazel is also back after missing last week and his return leads to a brutal decision to drop Charlie Guymer to 18th man. There was no right or wrong decision here as a quality player was missing out one way or the other. Noah Reed and Sam Tuivaiti provide the beef for the middle rotation on the bench while Will Latu covers the backrow and potentially the centres if Talagi second emergency centre spot if Talagi has already been thrown into the game.