The Newcastle Knights have earned a spot in the Tarsha Gale Cup grand final.

Young Newcastle rugby league star Jorja Holden has been named in the Women’s Rugby League Team of the Week, after playing a key role in the Knights’ 36-28 victory over the Dragons in the Tarsha Gale Cup preliminary final.

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Holden got her team off the mark after a tense opening quarter saw the Dragons take a 12-nil lead over the Newcastle side. The young star cut through the Dragons’ left side defence, beating four to streak away to the line. It was the breakthrough the girls in red and blue needed in the preliminary final, and one that changed the game.

Holden went on to claim two more tries in the eight-point victory, once in the middle of the match before closing out with a final try to keep the team’s noses ahead long enough to stop the rushing St George side from claiming a comeback.

The young fullback’s “massive” performance was a special performance, according to coach Josh Potapczyk. According to the Knights boss, Holden had made a series of mistakes against the Sharks, and he had lined up a challenge for her – put that to one side and go again for the team, and the club.

“She had a massive improvement, she was able to control her mindset and really use that natural talent to be a gamebreaker,” he said. “She scored that first try through individual brilliance and skill, took on the line, and went right through. She showed she strong she can be, and that she can bounce back strongly from anything.”

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Maddison Weatherall from the Illawarra Steelers – who the Knights will now face in the title fight on Saturday morning – was also named in the Team of the Week from the Tarsha Gale Cup competition. Sophie Curtain was also named from the Tigers despite their loss.