Parish Has Confidence In Country Team

Updated: June 1, 2018

The Women’s National Championships kick-off in Southport this weekend and Country Coach Matt Parish is hoping his side can showcase the talent coming from Regional NSW.

Parish has been impressed by the standard of football at training and is excited to see what the team will produce; especially in their first match against the Australian Defence Force.

“It’s been enjoyable; I’ve been really impressed with their enthusiasm and their commitment and I’ve also been quite impressed by the skill set from of a lot of them,” Parish said.

“We’ve got a really good balance of young and experienced players so it’s a good mix.

“It’s easy to see why it’s such a fast-growing area of the game when you’ve got so many enthusiastic young people involved.”

Despite losing Jillaroos halfback Caitlin Moran and South Sydney’s Sharon McGrady to injury in the lead up to the Championships; Parish is confident in the players he has selected to join the team.

“We’ve lost a couple of players but as one door shuts another one opens and we’ve still got the nucleus of a very good team; I’m excited to see the girls take the field and make the most of their opportunity.”

Parish said some players to watch throughout the Championship include young players Ngalika Barker, Hannah Southwell and halfback Melanie Howard, along with Jillaroos Kezie Apps, Sammy Bremner and Isabelle Kelly.

The NSW Country side will face the Australian Defence Force on Friday, 1st June with kick-off at 6pm and Queensland City on Saturday, 2nd June with kick-off at 12:15pm.

The Women’s National Championships will be held at Owen Park, Southport between the 1-3 June and will be live streamed via the QRL website.