Wests Tigers Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership side have secured their first ever finals berth an outstanding 40-0 victory over the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs today.
Having now won four consecutive games to sit fifth on the ladder with one game remaining in the regular season, the result caps off an impressive season for Wests Tigers in what is the first year for the club in the senior women's competition.
Wests Tigers will look to secure a home final next Sunday when they take on the Wentworthville Magpies at Campbelltown in the last game of the regular season.
The home side began the game in perfect fashion with Jessie Wharepouri steaming down the left edge inside the opening five minutes, before Blues star and captain Botille Vette-Welsh crossed for a quick-fire double to blow the scoreline open.
With a tough run of injuries forcing several long delays to the first half, it was Wests Tigers who continued their dominance in the second with tries to Tyler Pelligra and Simone Karpani extending the lead, before Vette-Welsh ensured it would be a successful day out as she completed her hat-trick with a wonderful solo effort.
Young playmaker Emily Curtain had a good afternoon out with the boot, landing six of seven conversions, to ensure Wests Tigers for-and-against would receive a helpful boost as they look to wrap up fifth position on the ladder next week.
Wests Tigers 40 (Vette-Welsh 3, Wharepouri, Nathan, Pelligra, Karpani tries; E.Curtain 6/7 goals) def. Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 0
Match: Wests Tigers v Bulldogs
Round 16 -
Venue: Campbelltown Stadium
Fullback for Wests Tigers is number 1 Botille Vette-WelshFullback for Bulldogs is number 1 Cindy Edwards
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 2 Ana FEKEILAWinger for Bulldogs is number 2 Christine Kani
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 3 Simone KarpaniCentre for Bulldogs is number 3 Inangaro Maraeara
Centre for Wests Tigers is number 4 Rachel SIMPSONCentre for Bulldogs is number 4 Precious Papalii
Winger for Wests Tigers is number 5 Jessie WHAREPOURIWinger for Bulldogs is number 5 Mia Enright-Bullock
Five-Eighth for Wests Tigers is number 21 Emily CurtainFive-Eighth for Bulldogs is number 6 Mikayla Malaki
Halfback for Wests Tigers is number 7 Naomi KARAHalfback for Bulldogs is number 7 Tara Mohi
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 8 Awhina AKUHATAProp for Bulldogs is number 8 Temukisa Ioane
Hooker for Wests Tigers is number 14 Tyler PELLIGRAHooker for Bulldogs is number 9 Mahinaarangi Rewi
Prop for Wests Tigers is number 10 Tangikina HanisiProp for Bulldogs is number 10 Alison Dennis
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 11 Taylor Osborne2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 11 Grace Clarke
2nd Row for Wests Tigers is number 23 Najvada George2nd Row for Bulldogs is number 12 Grace Li
Lock for Wests Tigers is number 13 Jackie-Anne TahuLock for Bulldogs is number 13 Mareva Swann
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 9 Charmayne NathanInterchange for Bulldogs is number 15 Kisa Paradine
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 12 Lakeisha TipeneInterchange for Bulldogs is number 16 Andrea Christoferou
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 15 Jeorgia LOTO'ANIUInterchange for Bulldogs is number 17 Jacinta KIRAZ
Interchange for Wests Tigers is number 16 Mereana McManus-Ta'aseInterchange for Bulldogs is number 23 Melanie WHITEHORN
- Referee: Toby Holder
- Touch Judge: Blake Williams
- Touch Judge: Daniel Perry