Recently-appointed Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin coach Andrew Patmore has revealed the Women’s National Championships will be the determining factor in choosing the team to defend their Origin crown.
“We’ll get together three or four times prior to the National Championships and start to do a little ground work with them but obviously at the National Championships we’ll select the side and go from there,” Patmore told nswrl.com.au
Patmore was speaking today (Sunday 3 March) at the inaugural NSWRL Women’s Talent ID Day at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park, where he got the opportunity to watch 66 women, who could be future NSW stars.
The Talent ID Day, for females not already a part of the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership, put potential new Rugby League players through sprint testing, running drills and footy skills.
“It is a great way to build the game grass roots up for future women’s league stars who are not already present in the competition,” Patmore said.
Patmore also talked about his excitement for the upcoming season since he was appointed coach of the women’s Origin team, which has won the past three interstate clashes with Queensland.
“It’s a huge challenge; to win last year was a fantastic thing but we’ve got to keep that ball rolling,” he said.
“We’ve got some great girls and a large group that we’re selecting from at the moment, so it’ll be an exciting next few months.”
The Centre of Excellence will be home to the upcoming Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin squad and a vital key to their preparation.
The field, gym, changerooms and lecture theatre will facilitate their extensive preparation to extend their streak.