Big weekend ahead as women's teams face Steelers, Sharks

Wests Tigers Tarsha Gale and Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership sides will both take to the field this weekend after a week off, looking to continue their good run of form.

The Tarsha Gale girls will kick off the weekend with a Qualifying Final clash against the Illawarra Steelers, with a win putting them through to the Grand Final.

The minor premiers for the regular season, Illawarra will certainly present a tough test for Wests Tigers after grinding out a tight four-point win when they last met.

After a two-round bye, the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership side are also back in action as they take on Cronulla Sharks. The team will be looking to regroup after their break and put on a stellar performance in the closing game of the “Return to Lidcombe” Round which will see four games played at the iconic Lidcombe Oval.

For all live scores and updates from the weekend, visit the club's Match Centre.

TARSHA GALE

It was only two years ago that Wests Tigers finished their inaugural season of the Tarsha Gale competition in last position without a single win to their name.

The following year saw a rapid improvement from the side — finishing inside the top four and winning their way through to the Qualifying Final, before bowing out against Newcastle in a see-sawing contest that could have gone either way.

In 2019, Wests Tigers will be hoping to go another step further and continue their rise in the competition as they look to secure their first Grand Final berth and put behind them the heartbreaking of last year's Grand Final qualifier defeat.

Standing in their way is an Illawarra side that has proven virtually unbeatable all season. The Steelers' only loss all season came in the final seconds of their final Round 7 game against the Knights (who themselves face St. George) in the other Qualifying Final), but they still ended the regular season as minor premiers.

Averaging over 40 points scored per game this year, Illawarra saw somewhat of a shock defeat in the first week of the finals as they went down to the Dragons, but they bounced back last week with a comfortable 36-6 drubbing over the Parramatta Eels to reinforce their credentials as the side to beat in the Tarsha Gale competition.

When they met during the season, it was the Steelers who came from behind to record a thrilling 22-18 win over Wests Tigers in the final minutes of the game, and it's certainly shaping as another close contest between the two this weekend.

Mamana Alatini and Litiani Smith-Warwick both loom as players to watch for Wests Tigers, having each scored six and four tries respectively in their past three games.

Interestingly, Wests Tigers have used the fewest players of any side in the competition this year with 21 (equal with the Canberra Raiders), and they'll be hoping that their close knit group can steer them to another victory this Saturday.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Ally Beaufils
    Fullback for Steelers is number 1 Keele Browne
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 3 Litiana Smith Warwick
    Winger for Steelers is number 9 Olivia Vale
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Jessica Whelan
    Centre for Steelers is number 7 Mikayla Kidd
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 6 Emily Curtain
    Centre for Steelers is number 11 Teagan Berry
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 7 Josephine Bee
    Winger for Steelers is number 5 Riley Scott
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 10 Mackenzie Stone
    Five-Eighth for Steelers is number 2 Tiana Graham
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 9 Janaya Bent
    Halfback for Steelers is number 14 Emily Andrews

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 11 Makayla Ward
    Prop for Steelers is number 4 Rhiannon Tungai
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 8 Bianca Cornwell
    Hooker for Steelers is number 13 Maddison Weatherall
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 12 Mamana Alatini
    Prop for Steelers is number 15 Chantel Tugaga
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 13 Sophie Curtain
    2nd Row for Steelers is number 8 Ula-Mari Time-Cribb
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 16 Jessica Kennedy
    2nd Row for Steelers is number 3 Meg Buchanan
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 17 Anna Moa
    Lock for Steelers is number 10 Eleni Amone

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 18 Abbey Riley
    Interchange for Steelers is number 12 Michaela Scutts
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 19 Brooke Gray
    Interchange for Steelers is number 19 Nancy MISA


HARVEY NORMAN NSW WOMEN'S PREMIERSHIP

Playing in their inaugural season of the competition, Wests Tigers Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership side have shown plenty of promise through the early few rounds and will be keen to return to the winners circle this weekend.

After a two-round bye for the competition, all sides are fresh for this weekend's games, and Wests Tigers will face an extremely tough test in their return as they take on a Cronulla outfit boasting names such as Maddie Studdon and Ruan Sims.

Wests Tigers have already recorded their first win in the competition — a 26-6 victory over Brothers in Round 3 — and will be looking to improve their attacking output again this weekend, having scored just 30 points in their three games.

After a surprising loss to North Sydney in their opening game, Cronulla have responded in recent weeks with wins over St. Mary's and the Bulldogs, and will be looking to continue their top four charge this weekend against Wests Tigers.

Played at 4:55pm on Sunday, the game will cap off a terrific day of action for Wests Tigers and their associated teams as part of the "Return to Lidcombe" Round at Lidcombe Oval. Western Suburbs Ron Massey side will open up the day, before Wests Tigers' Canterbury Cup and Jersey Flegg teams both take to the field against Newtown and Cronulla respectively, with the women's game rounding out the day.

Team Lists

Backs

  • Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Aaliyah PAKI
    Fullback for Sharks is number 1 Corban McGregor
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Ana FEKEILA
    Winger for Sharks is number 11 Talei Holmes
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Jessie WHAREPOURI
    Centre for Sharks is number 6 Quincy Dodd
  • Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Rachel SIMPSON
    Centre for Sharks is number 2 Kiana Takairangi
  • Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Jessica POST
    Winger for Sharks is number 5 Cheyanne Hatch
  • Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 6 Naomi KARA
    Five-Eighth for Sharks is number 4 Tayla Preston
  • Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Botille Vette-Welsh
    Halfback for Sharks is number 7 Maddie Studdon

Forwards

  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Awhina AKUHATA
    Prop for Sharks is number 8 Ruan Sims
  • Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tyler PELLIGRA
    Hooker for Sharks is number 9 Kate Mullaly
  • Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Tangikina Hanisi
    Prop for Sharks is number 14 Courtney-Rae Yasserie
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Najvada George
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 16 Sally Dwyer
  • 2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 12 Lakeisha Tipene
    2nd Row for Sharks is number 12 Jamie Anne Wright
  • Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Jackie-Anne Tahu
    Lock for Sharks is number 13 Jade Etherden

Interchange

  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 9 Charmayne Nathan
    Interchange for Sharks is number 15 Tahina Booth
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Jeorgia LOTO'ANIU
    Interchange for Sharks is number 17 Kaarla Cowan
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Mereana McManus-Ta'ase
    Interchange for Sharks is number 19 Ariel Ngatoko
  • Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 17 Letitia VAN DER HEIDE
    Interchange for Sharks is number 3 Tiana Penitani