Caitlan Johnston and Olivia Kernick have been named to take part in the historic Under 18 women’s representative match, to be played as a double header before the Women’s State of Origin clash in June.
Johnston and Kernick have enjoyed a strong campaign with the Newcastle Knights in the Tarsha Gale Cup, guiding the ladies in red and blue to a second place finish ahead of finals this weekend.
Now the Novocastrian duo will join 15 other talented rugby league younsters in the NSW Origin squad at an initial training session at the NSW Rugby League centre of excellence this weekend.
The match in June, organised in conjunction with the NRL and the QRL, provides another pathway for aspiring women rugby league players.
“This is a great endorsement of the work we have done over the past few years to build unbroken pathways for girls and women wanting to play our game,” NSWRL Head of Competitions Yvette Downey said.
“In particular it highlights the strength and quality of our Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale under-18 women’s competiton.
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“Already we had started to see the benefits of these pathways last year with one of our Tarsha Gale players, Quincy Dodd, named as 18th player for the inaugural women’s Origin match, won by NSW, our third successive interstate victory.”
Queensland are likely to field a team through their QAS development programs with an under 18 squad chosen next month.