Young Ready for ANZ Showdown

Updated: August 9, 2019
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CRL Newcastle have powered through the Finals series of the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership and will now face last year’s Champions, Mounties in the Grand Final at ANZ Stadium this Saturday.

CRL Newcastle Skipper Bec Young was thrilled with her side’s comprehensive Finals victories over North Sydney Bears and Cronulla Sharks and believes their cohesiveness has been the key to success this year.

“We had the week off after beating Norths then we worked really hard on staying in the grind and being fully accountable for the whole sixty minutes leading into the Sharks game,” Young said.

“There was excitement straight away after we’d won and then it sunk in that ‘okay, now we’ve got to go to that next level and prepare for a Grand Final’.

“We’ve pushed each other to be better people on and off the field and I’m really proud to be able to lead these girls out on Saturday.

“They’ve all worked for each other and I just feel we’ve got that team connection and that we’re going to do anything we can for the person next to us, so I cannot wait for Saturday.”

CRL Newcastle is made up of NSW Origin players like Isabelle Kelly and Hannah Southwell, as well as up-and-coming stars like Caitlan Johnston and the team reflected on the significance of Saturday’s game at training, Young explained.

“We spoke a bit at training about prior Grand Finals and what we remember about those Grand Finals, just to help some of the girls in the room preparation wise.

“Remembering what that feels like to either win or lose and attach the emotion to that game and know how important it is to be able to play at ANZ in front of all our family and friends.

“It’s something you don’t get very often in a life time.”

The side welcomed a new Coach in Rick Stone this year, which Young believes has made a difference to the way they train and their commitment to each other.

“I’m really proud of each and every one of them and we’ve made a lot of sacrifices.

“This year especially, because having someone like Rick Stone as a coach, who is extremely professional, so we’ve had to go to that next level.

“For us to be professional we’ve all attended every training session and we’ve got people travelling, like Taylah coming from Gloucester, Kylie coming down and Issy and Claire coming up for every single session.

“It’s a lot of work in background to be able to get where we are now.

“We’ve got CRL who support us and you’ve got our coaching staff who give up so much of their time.

“Then we’ve got the girls who make sacrifices, so everybody’s done their share of pushing us to where we are for the weekend.

“It’s not just the 17 who take the field, its all of us and I love that.”

Saturday will mark Kylie Hilder’s last game, a player who has achieved NSW Country, NSW Blues and Jillaroos honours and Young says getting the win for her will make the day even more special.

“For me, I was always looking up to her as a player and saying ‘if she can do it I can do it too’.

“She’s definitely a role model because she is a Mum and I see how hard she works and trains.

“She’s put a lot into women’s rugby league and the community to develop the game, so running out there and winning would be great farewell for her.”

Mounties v CRL Newcastle Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership Grand Final will take place on Saturday, 10th August at 5:10pm and will be live streamed via NSWRL.com.au.

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