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Another Pathways milestone for our Women

On the back of an exciting week for its women’s program, Wests Tigers are set for another milestone ahead of Saturday’s Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership match against Wentworthville.

Second-row forward Imogen Gobran will make her senior debut, becoming the first Balmain junior to progress through every stage of the club’s female pathways program.

Imogen Gobran held aloft
Imogen Gobran held aloft ©Tracy Patu

Coming from a background in the Balmain Touch Football competition, Gobran was a part of the Wests Tigers Roar Academy and first represented the club in the Lisa Fiaola Cup.

She then progressed to play for Wests Tigers in this year’s Tarsha Gale Cup, with her side reaching the semi finals after finishing fourth on the ladder.

Imogen and other Pathways players protected by CHAMP Mouthguards
Imogen and other Pathways players protected by CHAMP Mouthguards

A barnstorming backrower who is also capable of kicking goals, Gobran scored three tries in the Under 19’s competition and crossed for the match-winning score in the first week of the finals.

Gobran will follow the trail that was blazed by teammate Losana Lutu, who came from the Western Suburbs junior system and progressed through the pathways program to earn selection in the senior team.

Wests Tigers Pathways player Losana Lutu
Wests Tigers Pathways player Losana Lutu ©Warren Gannon Photography

Lutu has recently been rewarded for her strong form with selection in next week’s Under 19’s State of Origin match at Leichhardt Oval.

Head of Pathways Matthew Betsey stated that the success of players like Gobran and Lutu was a terrific reward for the club’s investment into the development of its juniors.

“As a club, Wests Tigers are focused on the future and the form of Imogen and Losana demonstrates our commitment to developing our own talent”

We’re only one year away from our inclusion in the NRLW, and our aim is to produce players who are ready to thrive on that stage”

Head of Pathways, Matt Betsey

This week’s match at Ringrose Park is a crucial clash for Wests Tigers, who currently sit in fourth position on the ladder and have a chance of securing a place in the top two.

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