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Origin team mates to battle in Monday night blockbuster

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin stars Kezie Apps and Jess Sergis will square off against NSW teammates Simaima Taufa and Filomina Hanisi when Helensburgh Tigers take on Mounties in the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership on Monday night, with NSWRL TV bringing you all the action from 7pm.

Mounties had a ten-point win over Wentworthville Magpies in Round One, led by their captain and NSW enforcer Taufa and Wests Tigers recruit Hanisi in the forward pack and they will be hard to stop at their home ground Aubrey Keech Reserve on Monday night.

The Tigers entered the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership for the first time this season, having played in the local Illawarra competition previously, but are yet to play a game due to wet weather in Round Two and a bye in Round One.

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin coach and NSWRL Female Pathways Manager Kylie Hilder said it was important to keep developing the Women’s game in line with the talent that was rapidly emerging, with the NSWRL having now created an unbroken pathway for female participation fromUnder 6s through to Open Age.

“It’s fantastic to showcase the women’s game as a stand-alone Monday night fixture,” Hilder said.

“We’ve had plenty of girls come through the NSW pathways system through Tarsha Gale who have then gone on to play in the Women’s Premiership and achieve Origin and International honours.

“Take Filomina Hanisi for example. She was playing Tarsha Gale in 2019, Women’s Premiership in 2020 and debuted in the NSW Origin team at 19 years of age last year.

“The competition is an amazing pathway, and I can’t wait for the fans to tune in to NSWRL TV to catch some of the up-and-coming talent, as well as the experienced NRLW, International and Origin talent that you will find in most teams.”

This year’s competition will be made up of 11 teams, including foundation club Glebe-Burwood Wolves joining for the first time in history, with a Women’s game to be streamed every week.

“The commentators for Monday night will be Manly Warringah Sea Eagles legend and Brydens Lawyers NSW Blues Ambassador Steve Menzies and Sports Reporter and South Sydney Rabbitohs Harvey Norman Women's Premiership player Katie Brown so it’s wonderful to have knowledgeable people such as this become involved in our broadcast and I’m sure it will be a very entertaining night for the viewers,” NSWRL Chief Executive David Trodden said.

The game will be live streamed via NSWRL TV, you can access the stream by clicking here.