Defending Champions Central Coast To Face Rivals Greater Northern Tigers in Country Championships

Updated: May 18, 2018

The Ladies League Tag Central Coast Roosters team will look for victory this week against the Greater Northern Tigers, which will get them one step closer to claiming back-to-back Championships.

Central Coast Roosters Coach Jeff Coroneos says his team made some improvements against CRL Newcastle but knows this week will be much more of a test.

“We had a good first half but sort of dropped our standards in the second half but overall, a much better performance,” Coroneos said.

“I would like ball control in certain parts of the game to improve.

“We’re confident because we’re improving but we played Greater Northern Tigers last year and we we’re lucky to get away with it.

“We’ve played them a couple of times over the last few years and we know they’ll be very hard to beat, so we have to be at the top of our game to get through.”

Coroneos is expecting Stephanie Sharp in the halves, prop Shannon Higgins and Kristen Kessler to be the stand out players.

Greater Northern Tigers Coach Mick Schmiedel was thrilled with his side’s performance against Northern Rivers in round one and says he will be fielding the same team this week.

“To keep Northern Rivers to nil was very impressive,” Schmiedel said.

“We’ve concentrated on defence the last couple of weeks at training so that’s what we’re really going to push on Saturday.

“I think it’s good for the girl’s confidence that they’re going in with that same team; they’ve already got some faith in the people around them.”

Schmiedel says that the two teams have built up a rivalry because the last two times the Tigers we’re knocked out of the Championships it was courtesy of Central Coast.

“We’ve also built up a bit of rivalry with them because a lot of them have got an Oz tag background, a bit like our area, so there’s a bit of rivalry through that that’s carried over into the League Tag

“It’s always pleasing to knock off the defending champions, so to beat them and get into the final…it would be nice.”

Schmiedel says his key players include experienced five-eighth Amy Barraclough and young speedster Jordan McKenzie.

The Greater Northern Tigers v Northern Rivers Ladies League Tag match will kick off at 11:00am and will take place at Rex Hardaker Oval, Sawtell. The Country Championship Semi-Finals will be live stream via the CRL Facebook page and website thanks to BAR TV Sports.