Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin coach Andrew Patmore got a taste of the next generation of NSW Origin players coming through after Under 16s. Girls from as far as Maitland and Canberra attended a Talent ID group at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence on Sunday 25 August.
The group of Under-16 girls was selected from both NSW City and NSW Country teams who participated in the NSWRL Lisa Fioala Cup in July, a development gala day that involved 12 teams from all across the state.
“The day was to acknowledge the great talent in the Women’s game at this age and give the girls a NSWRL experience while informing the players and their parents on the rapid changes happening in the game,” Patmore told nswrl.com.au.
“There are great opportunities that now occur in pathways for the Women’s game in NSW.”
The NSWRL holds two major Women’s competitions during the season, the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership and the Tarsha Gale Cup with representative opportunities and development days also being held throughout the year.
NSW held the Holden Women’s State of Origin Shield aloft to a crowd of more than 10,000 fans at North Sydney Oval in July after their 14-4 victory over Queensland to make it their fourth consecutive interstate win.
A curtain-raiser to that game saw the NSW Under 18s Women’s team also defeat Queensland in the very first Under-18s Women’s State of Origin.
The players represented in these teams have developed through the NSW pathways and are now some of the biggest names in Women’s Rugby League.