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Country-City U19s camp for National Women’s C’ships

Sophie Tarrant-Foder

The next generation of NSW women’s Origin stars will come together on Sunday 9 May for a training camp ahead of the 2021 Harvey Norman Women’s National Championships at Moreton Daily Stadium, Redcliffe, from 19-23 May.

The camp, for the Under 19s NSW City and NSW Country teams to be held at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence at Sydney Olympic Park, will also provide an opportunity for players to press for selection in the Harvey Norman NSW Under 19s and Open Women’s Origin teams.

NSW City coach Kate Mullay and NSW Country coach Alicia Hawke will put participants through separate team training sessions in the morning and afternoon in their final preparation for the national championships.

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Origin coach Kylie Hilder and NSW Under 19s Women’s Origin coach Blake Cavallaro will also attend the camp with Hilder acknowledging there is potential for Under 19s players to be selected in the open team for the AMPOL Women’s Origin clash on Friday 25 June at the Sunshine Coast.

As the NSWRL Female Pathways Manager, Hilder understands the importance of these camps and competitions for the development of the women’s game.

“The nationals are a showcase to see our next generation for our talent coming through,” Hilder said.

“NRL clubs will be up there scouting, looking at players for NRLW.

“Nationals has always been an open competition. It has been changed for the first time this year to Under 19s. It is purely a pathway type competition so we can see our next crop of talent coming through

“It is a great opportunity for me to be up there having a look at the talent we do have. There is definitely some great young talent coming through and the future for NSW Rugby League is looking really good.”