2018 Tarsha Gale Cup

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    Knights inaugural Tarsha Gale set sights high


    Newcastle Knights
    Wed 31 Jan 2018, 01:28 PM



    2018 is the inaugural year the Knights will compete in the Tarsha Gale Cup, set to be challenged against 10 other clubs in a national competition.

    The women’s Under 18s, nine-a-side competition, was established last year in an historic move for women’s rugby league, named after former Jillaroo and NSW captain Tarsha Gale from the 1990s.

    The start of the season is less than two weeks away for the Knights new outfit and new coach Josh Potapczyk is thrilled with how his players are progressing before Round 1 kick-off.

    “We’ve had two trials, first one being against the Canberra Raiders, which was a very successful trial and the girls exceeded all expectations,” said Potapczyk.

    “They were able to implement the skills and style of play we’re trying to instil in them and after some tough trainings, they came away with a very dominant win against Canberra which was fantastic to see.

    “Last weekend we played the Cronulla Sharks who were one of the competition favourites and heavyweights in the Tarsha Gale Cup last year and we learnt a lot of valuable lessons.”

    Potapczyk admits he’s been impressed knowing his side can compete strongly, and not look out of place, in such a strong and talented competition.

    “We have got the understanding of the speed and intensity of the game and stronger opposition, and we are definitely heading in the right direction with the style of footy that we want to play this year,” Potapczyk added.

    Young ladies across the region were recently selected at the Central Hunter nines competition, chosen to represent the Knights first ever women’s Under 18s side.

    Potapczyk maintains a lot of his players were also picked a year young but have so far shown tremendous development and the spirit to wear the red and blues jersey.

    “The focus has been on developing their core skills and lifting their fitness to a standard that enables them to compete and be synonymous with what all Knights fans have come to expect from their teams, and that’s to be tough and have a never say die commitment,” he said.

    Potapczyk is a teacher, who has been running his school’s rugby league competitions for the past couple of years and entered a side in the country Hunter’s women’s rugby league nines last year.

    He’s been in awe of the outstanding attitude his new team have displayed heading into the 2018 season and maintains the focus over the next fortnight, before their Round 1 match-up against St George, is to improve on training outcomes.

    “Working on improving their tackle technique, their catch and pass skills, their ability to apply situations to attack as well as their communication and trust with each other in defence,” Potapczyk explained.

    “We need to continue to work on their fitness, so we can be in the strongest position come Round 1.”

    It might be their inaugural year but Potapczyk admits he has set his sights high, although his ultimate goal is to develop young players into talented footballers.

    “My goal this year is to see that continual progression of improvement through the season and keep working on those skills,” he added.

    “After seeing how they’ve gone in their first two trials, we thoroughly believe the girls have the capability to make the semi-finals in their first year, which would be an outstanding achievement.

    “We’ve spoken about the opportunity they’ve been given to be the first Newcastle Knights junior girls side and the responsibility that comes with that, to set standards on and off the field for all the younger girls in the region who hopefully one day aspire to play in the Knights colours as well.”


    https://www.newcastleknights.com.au/news/2018/01/31/knights-inaugural-tarsha-gale-set-sights-high/
     
  2. Billy

    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    I see they are drawn to play the first game at the Maitland trial kicking off at 10.30.
     
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    Still_Nutty Nathan Ross

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    Let's hope there is a great crowd turning up early to support this inaugural side compete - it will be nice for those attending to be able to say in years to come, I was there for the first game of this squad.:newcastle::applause:
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Their first game will be 6pm next Thursday against Saint George at the unlikely venue of Balcomb Oval, Dudley.
    That will be the first competition game of any side in any comp this year.
     
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    Still_Nutty Nathan Ross

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    Might have to see if I can get to that one then :thumbsup:
     
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    The Girls have won their first game and in very convincing fashion !! :applause::applause::applause:

    FULLTIME - TARSHA GALE CUP

    Newcastle - 54 (S Ball 3, S Pullman 2, O Kernick, O Glanville, B O'Neill, E Harman, E Russell tries; S Buller 5, T Cook, Pullman goals)
    St George - 10 (A Fasavalu-Fa'amausili, A Makelesi Ranamalo tries; S Naitokatoka goal)
     
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    Speedymetric Adam Cuthbertson

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    Good win by the girls but St George were dreadful. In a 9 a side competition without scrums I have no idea why St George seem to have picked the biggest, least mobile team you could imagine.

    Be a good test for the Knights when/if they come up against Cronulla or Penrith who both have wheels right across the park.
     
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    They had a trial against Cronulla last week and lost badly.
    With all junior sides it's a massive learning curve across the season, and the side that wins the grandfinal is often the side that learns the most over the season, so their coach will be looking at what they need to improve every game.
     
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    Knights stun Dragons in first ever Tarsha Gale match


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    Fri 9 Feb 2018, 12:31 PM



    In their first ever match, the Knights Under 18s Tarsha Gale side stormed out of the ranks to defeat the St George Dragons 54-10 at Balcomb Field in Dudley on Thursday evening.

    The Knights came out in a confident display and from the second quarter piled on a scoring assault to stun the visitors, which saw a hat-trick from centre Shenay Ball and a double from Skye Pullman.

    A few nerves provide some early fumbles from both sides but within five minutes the Knights were on the board as winger Emily Harman side stepped her way to the line to score the first points of the evening.

    Sophie Buller nailed the conversion for a 6-0 lead to the home side.

    Just before quarter time, St George hit back as Aaliyah Fasavalu-fa’amausili slammed through the Knights defence, to trail the red and blue 6-4 into the break.

    In the second, Pullman showed impressive speed to slide over under pressure, before a pacey 60 metre run from the number four, then set up a try for teammate Bree O’Neill. Sophie Buller booted her second to see the Knights extend to 16-4.

    The Knights didn’t take their foot off the pedal, another from forward Olivia Kernick, who took advantage of a gap in defence, before Pullman recorded the double, this time on the left edge to see the Knights go into halftime with a 26-4 lead.

    Not to let the score line play on their minds, St George got a quick four points, minutes into the third, thanks to Adi Ranamola, but Newcastle had it covered with a quick reply from speedster Ball with a length of the field try.

    Despite a stop in play with a knee injury seeing a St George player carted off the field, the Knights kept their concentration as Olivia Glanville sprinted to the line and Tia Cook added the extras, with a 38-10 lead into the last quarter.

    After a 20-metre run from Harman, several offloads landed in the hands of Ball who finished it off nicely and minutes later she struck again with a 50-metre run to the line.

    The Knights not finished yet, Sophie Buller crashed over a wall of defenders for the last try of the evening. She converted her own try to see the Knights record a 54-10 win over St George in their Round 1 encounter.

    SUMMARY

    Knights 54 (T: Harman, Pullman 2, O’Neill, Kernick, Ball 3, Glanville, Buller, G: Buller 5/6, Johnson 0/1, Cook 1/1, Pullman 1/2)
    St George 10


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    Knights lost 46-28 against Wests.

    Odd game, Knights were down 46-0 after 41 minutes of a 60 minute game, and then scored a try every 2 or 3 minutes for the rest of the game to end up losing 9 tries to 6.
     
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    TARSHA GALE CUP LADDER AFTER ROUND 3

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    Kurriboy Todd Bates

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    The warm up game on Saturday, the first game was a Tarsha Gale cup game wasn't it?

    Did I read the score right somewhere that it finished Knights winning 94 - 6 or something along those lines?
     
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    Yes we beat them 92-4 and on the same day Cronulla beat the Raiders 98-4 and the Steelers beat the Roosters 76-24

    Few blowouts
     
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    The problem with this comp is obviously the defence. If half decent teams can hold the ball they can pretty much score every set by just retaining possession for two or three play the balls & then stringing one or two passes together. Cronulla & Illawarra both have multiple players who have played union, touch & Oztag at the highest level & are a class above the rest. The Knights seem to be in the next group of teams then there are a few that just aren't competitive at all.

    I realise the comp is only one season old but surely they need to change the format from 9 a side to 13 a side to help improve the defence & turn it into a bit of a contest so games are a bit more than the quick girls getting outside a slower opponent & running the length to score. Again I realise speed is king in league but with the current format the game is no more than a glorified game of touch & the whippets hold too much advantage over players who might have other skills or be bigger but not as mobile. If they want to attract more players I think the format needs to change.
     
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    Billy Danny 'Bedsy' Buderus

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    Our girls defended OK. In fact, the average weight of our side would have been maybe 10kg a player less than the doggies, but they had no problem stopping their bigger opponents.
    In contrast, the bulldogs players had no lateral movement, or movement in any direction really. They just stood there and threw their arms out, and more times than not our girls were able to slip between defenders with only a few outstretched arms coming in contact with them.
    The Bulldogs side looked like winning right up till the ball was kicked off - they certainly looked like a big, athletic group against our pretty small side - but they clearly haven't played much. Turnstiles the lot of them.
     

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