Women’s team ready for Grand Final Qualifier
Fri 2 Aug 2019, 03:09 PM
Wests Tigers Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side will face Mounties on Saturday looking to cap off a remarkable season by booking their place in the 2019 Grand Final.
Coming off a thrilling Extra Time victory last week against North Sydney, Wests Tigers will be determined to keep their incredible inaugural season alive with their biggest test of the season coming up against minor premiers Mounties.
Having lost just one game throughout the regular season, Mounties firmly established themselves as the team to beat in the competition and will be fresh for Saturday’s game after a week off. Their 20-14 win over Cronulla in the Preliminary Final put the side just one game away from the Grand Final, and they’ll now face off against a Wests Tigers side that few expected to get this far in the competition.
Ending the year in sixth position, the underdogs showed their attacking potential to down Wentworthville in their Elimination Final before digging deep last week against the Bears — fighting back from 16-6 down to somehow stay in the match.
In its debut season in the competition, Wests Tigers have put on a number of outstanding performances but their finals run has been truly remarkable, and they’ll be hoping to continue it again on Saturday morning at Leichhardt Oval.
When the two sides met earlier in the season in Round 4, it was Wests Tigers who got off to a perfect start with an early four-pointer before Mounties soon kicked in to gear — running away with a comprehensive 28-4 victory in the end.
Saturday’s game is looming as a far closer, and intriguing affair.
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Match: Mounties v Wests Tigers
FINALS WEEK 3 - SATURDAY 3RD AUGUST
Fullback for Mounties is number 1 Tahlia Hunter
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Botille Vette-Welsh
Winger for Mounties is number 2 Brydie Parker
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Ana Fekeila
Centre for Mounties is number 3 Patricia Raikadroka
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Simone KARPANI
Centre for Mounties is number 4 Shaylee Bent
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Rachel Simpson
Winger for Mounties is number 5 Monique Donovan
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Jessie Wharepouri
Five-Eighth for Mounties is number 6 Taliah Fuimaono
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Emily Curtain
Halfback for Mounties is number 7 Matilda Power
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Naomi Kara
Prop for Mounties is number 8 Tommaya Kelly-Sines
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Awhina Akuhata
Hooker for Mounties is number 9 Talia Lealaiauloto
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tyler Pelligra
Prop for Mounties is number 10 Karol Tanevesi
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 12 Mereana McManus-Ta’ase
2nd Row for Mounties is number 11 Kaitlyn PHILLIPS
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 10 Taylor Osborne
2nd Row for Mounties is number 12 Janelle Williams
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Najvada GEORGE
Lock for Mounties is number 13 Simaima Taufa-Kautai
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Jackie-Anne Tahu
Interchange for Mounties is number 14 Talesha Quinn
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 9 Charmayne Nathan
Interchange for Mounties is number 15 Cindy Whiteley
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Tangikina Hanisi
Interchange for Mounties is number 16 Filomina Hanisi
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Lakeisha Tipene
Interchange for Mounties is number 17 Jade GRANT
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Letitia VAN DER HEIDE
Reserve for Mounties is number 18 Janaya Bent
Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 20 Jessica Post
Reserve for Mounties is number 19 Jenaye COLLINS
Reserve for Wests Tigers is number 23 Stephanie Spooner
Wests Tigers Ins
Wests Tigers Ins
Great to see the Tigers make finals, lets hope they bring home a premiership
Wests Tigers go down in thrilling Grand Final qualifier
Sat 3 Aug 2019, 11:36 AM
Wests Tigers Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership have produced a remarkable performance in their Grand Final Qualifier today but have fallen just short as the minor premiers scored late to book their place in next week’s Grand Final.
With a vocal Leichhardt Oval crowd behind them, Wests Tigers pushed the heavily-favoured Mounties all the way and looked to have done enough to keep their season alive before a late Kaitlyn Phillips try secured a 14-10 win for Mounties.
Ana Fekeila got the scoring going for Wests Tigers after just eight minutes before Patricia Raikadroka hit back to level the match heading in to half-time.
Holding their own against the minor premiers courtesy of their incredible defence, Wests Tigers took the lead once more in the 41st minute when Awhina Akuhata broke through to score. Emily Curtain’s successful conversion had the hosts leading by six points before Monique Donovan hit back with eight minutes to play.
A missed conversion from Matilda Power had Wests Tigers in front by two with time running out, before Phillips’ late effort put Mounties through to the Grand Final.
Wests Tigers’ efforts might have been in vain on the day but the result caps off an incredible debut season in the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership competition having come from sixth position to right in the mix for the Grand Final.
Mounties RLFC 14 (Raikadroka, Donovan, Phillips tries; Power 1/3 goals) def. Wests Tigers 10 (Fekeila, Akuhata tries; E.Curtain 1/2 goals)
Well done ladies. Sounds like they put up a great effort.