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Team List Tuesday – Flegg Going Swimming With The Sharks Edition

NRLW Team List

Round 8, 1:30PM Sunday 10th September, CBUS Super Stadium


The Parramatta Eels got a first-hand look at the summit of the NRLW in Round 7 when the Sydney Roosters flexed all of their premiership might over the Blue & Gold in a 46-12 rout. The climb to the top of the premiership pile will stretch into 2024 at the very least for our girls but they take another step towards that goal this week as they travel to Queensland to take on the Gold Coast Titans.

Kennedy Cherrington is finally back from a lengthy suspension for a dangerous throw and naturally she comes straight into the starting team. She will don the #13 in place of Jade Fonua who in turn will play from the interchange in Round 8. Capri Paekau makes way for the move and joins the extended bench.

The return of Parramatta’s marquee lock forward sees the forward pack reach its strongest iteration of the 2023 season. Breakout star Tyla Amiatu will lead the way through the middle alongside Kennedy while Mahalia Murphy continues to impress on the edge.

It will take a seriously good team effort to unseat the Gold Coast this weekend. They enter the round with 5 wins and 2 losses to their name and in sole possession of 3rd place on the ladder. If the same string of errors made against the Roosters last week continues on Sunday then the Titans will be sure to pile on the points against Parramatta.

Conversely, there is little reason not to believe our girls can make a legitimate push for victory if they stay on top of their completion rates. Rachael Pearson is forming a great connection with Kimberley Hunt via the boot while players like Kennedy, Mahalia, Tyla and Cassey Tohi-Hiku give them strike at various points across the park.

All in all, it will be interesting to see how the Eels attempt to bounce back from the loss against the Roosters. Can they topple one of the other form teams of the competition? Can Kennedy’s return help the pack go to another level? As always, we will find out once the whistle blows come game day!

Parramatta Eels Gold Coast Titans
Abbi Church 1 Evania Pelite
Zali Fay 2 Karina Brown
Lindsay Tui 3 Jaime Chapman
Cassey Tohi-Hiku 4 Miall Williams-Guthrie
Kimberley Hunt 5 Destiny Mino-Sinapati
Pihuka Berryman-Duff 6 Chantay Kiria-Ratu
Rachael Pearson 7 Lauren Brown
Talesha O’Neill 8 Shannon Mato
Rueben Cherrington 9 Brittany-Breayley Nati
Tyla Amiatu 10 Jessika Elliston
Amelia Mafi 11 Zara Canfield
Mahalia Murphy 12 Shaylee Bent
Kennedy Cherrington 13 Georgia Hale
Taneka Todhunter 14 Sienna Lofipo
Noaria Kapua 15 Stephanie Hancock
Ruby-Jean Kennard-Ellis 16 Rilee Jorgensen
Jade Fonua 17 Dannil Perese
Nakia Davis-Welsh 18 Kaitlyn Phillips
Kyra Simon 19 Laikha Clarke
Madeline Jones 20 Sienna Laing
Monique Donovan 21 Hailee-Jay Ormund-Maunsell
Capri Paekau 22 Taliah Fuimaono


Jersey Flegg Team List

Finals Week 2, 11:00AM Saturday 9th September, Leichardt Oval


The Flegg marched on into Week 2 of the finals after knocking over the reigning premiers in the Penrith Panthers. After hunting down one of the apex predators of the jungle, now they cast their eyes (and nets) to the ocean with Shark on the menu. Coach Craig Brennan has unsurprisingly named the same team that took down Penrith and if anything it speaks to the depth of the squad that some seriously talented players are missing out.

Saxon Pryke, Lachlan Blackburn, Araz Nanva, Lance Fualema and Richard Penisini have all played crucial parts in getting the Eels to the postseason and could easily figure in the team playing on Saturday.

Cronulla and the Eels split the honours when they met this season with the Eels winning the most recent encounter in round 17 by 22 to 12.

The Eels absolutely have the talent and temperament to take on anyone in the finals series. They will be best served by getting out of the blocks faster than they did against Penrith but once they are in rhythm they are damnably hard to contain.

This game will be broadcast on NSWRL TV as well as live blogged here on TCT so be sure to tune in!

1 Apa Twidle
2 Matthew Komolafe
3 Samuel Loizou
4 Blaize Talagi
5 Ethyn Martin
6 Joshua Lynn
7 Ethan Sanders
8 Brock Parker
9 Matthew Arthur
10 Jontay-Junior Betham-Misa
11 Jock Brazel
12 Max Tupou
13 Nicholas Lenaz
14 Charlie Guymer
15 Sam Tuivaiti
16 William Latu
17 Noah Reed
18 Saxon Pryke
19 Lachlan Blackburn
20 Araz Nanva
21 Lance Fualema
22 Richard Penisini

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14 thoughts on “Team List Tuesday – Flegg Going Swimming With The Sharks Edition

  1. Anonymous

    Seems like the coach brenan is doing a great job . Why have they given the job to Jordan rankin ? Has brenan still with the club?

    1. sixties

      Brenno is a terrific coach. I believe he’ll step away from the club. I’m not sure of the rationale behind the decision. But it’s my understanding that Rankin will be in a full time role next season which must incorporate other responsibilities. He was the assistant SG Ball coach this season. The head coach of SG Ball, Steve O’Dea will become the assistant coach of Flegg. Brenno was only part time as a coach (though the role would involve full time hours when you throw in video work and planning) and is a teacher. Likewise Steve O’Dea was only part time.

      1. Milo

        Fair enough Sixties just a shame Brenno can’t be employed etc. as no doubt the players have played for him. And I have heard good stories here – does Cayless have another job next yr? Or is this done later?? Brenno could be of use

  2. Phil

    Parra defeated Cronulla 22-12 last time they met in round 17 and they have improved immensely since then. Big chance on Saturday.

  3. HamSammich

    What a team for the Jersey Flegg, Brennan has a wealth of players to pick from, like last week no matter which combination he goes with I don’t think there’s a wrong choice. The forwards are tough, uncompromising and very technical in their approach. While the backs and spine are full of speed, class, and a willingness to do the dirty stuff that is in vogue amongst first grade backs. Let’s hope this week that the sharks are a bit more willing to kick to Martin than the panthers were.

    Also like last week a prior commitment will mean I can’t make the game, once again I am a #FakeFan

    For the women that is the strongest team they’ve named all year. Really wish we could’ve seen what destruction Cherrington, Albert, Amiatu and Murphy could’ve caused the opposition when named together. We’ll just have to wait next year for that to happen. Another combination I would like to see is Pearson and Beckett, seems as if that concussion has had a big effect on the young half. Hope she’s doing well and we can see the pair in the halves next year.

    1. sixties

      Hey Ham, good points. We certainly didn’t see much ball going to Martin. As for the NRLW, it feels like player availability has been a club wide curse this season.

  4. Anonymous

    Hi Sixties and Forty, just wondering if anyone knows how long Tony Mataele is suspended for?
    Amazing depth in jersey when Tony and Richard are both available!

    1. sixties

      Toni was suspended for three weeks. However, he also wasn’t eligible for the finals as he only played about four games towards the end of the season.

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