Women's team ready for Grand Final Qualifier

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.

For all live scores and coverage of the game, visit the Match Centre here.

Team Lists

Backs

  • 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

Forwards

  • 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

  • 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