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!