Two competition heavyweights clash in the Harvey Norman Women’s NSW Premiership this weekend when the Cronulla Sharks take the North Sydney Bears in the match of the round.
Both sides finished in the top four last year but ultimately fell short of a grand final appearance. Between them, they only lost four games in the regular season out of a possible 20.
The two sides clashed for the first and only time in Round 1 last year, with a late try to Shontelle Stowers clinching a 14-10 victory for the Bears.
Bears star Kirra Dibb knows the Sharks are out to get their revenge and will need to limit the impact of Sharks’ big names Maddie Studdon and Corban McGregor.
“Completion is something we’re definitely going to looking to move forward with,” Dibb said.
“The more we hold the ball obviously the less opportunity were going to give players like Maddie and like Corban and everyone else in their team.
“They’re held in quite a high esteem in the game so the more that we complete and the more we can stick to our own game plan I think we’re going to do well.”
The Bears managed an 8-all draw with the Wests Tigers in the first game back since the COVID-19 break.
“I was happy with how I played first game back,” Dibb said.
“I think sometimes you put a bit of pressure on yourself first round back especially in club land but I was happy, there is always things to work on and I have my goals for the next game going forward.
“I think that without my team playing the way they did it might not have gone that way, I’m happy for myself and definitely happy for my team.”
The Central Coast Roosters will play the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Morry Breen Oval on Saturday at 1.30pm, while the Wentworthville Magpies host the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs later that day at Ringrose Park.