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Tess Staines presented with her Wests Tigers HNW jersey

Wests Tigers Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership team is preparing for a do-or-die semi final against the North Sydney Bears on Saturday afternoon at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

The winner of the match will advance to play the victor of the first semi final between Cronulla and Mounties, which will also be played at Kogarah on Saturday.

Wests Tigers enter the Finals Series on the back of three straight victories, including an impressive defensive display against Newcastle in last week’s must-win match at Campbelltown.

The girls have demonstrated their ability to dominate on both sides of the ball this season, holding the third best attacking record in the competition.

In a boost for Wests Tigers, New South Wales captain Kezie Apps has been named to start at prop after returning to the side via the interchange bench last week.

She’ll be joined in the starting line-up by her Blues teammate Jessica Sergis, while the dynamic Sophie Curtain is set to return at hooker.

Wests Tigers will need to be at their best on Saturday if they are to overcome the Minor Premiers, who boast the best attacking and defensive records in the competition.

Coach Adel Hage says his team is capable of conjuring an upset.

I'm confident we'll put together a performance that will give us every chance of winning and, regardless of the result, make our families, friends and fans proud of our season."

Coach Adel Hage

"I've been really impressed with what this team has been able to achieve so far this season and I know we all want to go at least one stage further.

They have grown tighter as a group as the season has gone on and there is a really nice connection with all the girls and the coaching staff."

Regardless of Saturday’s result, the team’s strong performance this season bodes well for the club ahead of its inclusion to the NRLW competition in 2023.

Head of Pathways, Matthew Betsey says the recent NRLW license approval is already having an impact. 

I think across all levels in our women's pathways there is a genuine sense of excitement.  These Wests Tigers girls know what is in front of them and they can set realistic goals and chase their dreams."

Matthew Betsey

Whether they are playing in the Harvey Norman, Tarsha Gale or Lisa Fiaola competitions, they now have target to aim for in 2023."

Wests Tigers members and fans are encouraged to get to Netstrata Jubilee Stadium on Saturday to cheer our girls on.  The match kicks off at 2pm following the conclusion of the first HNW semi-final.

Those unable to attend can watch the game online through the NSWRL TV Live Stream or via the New South Wales Rugby League Facebook page.

It's a busy Saturday that's for sure.

Following our women's match at Kogarah there are three games at Leichhardt Oval. 

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