FOR the first time ever, Group Seven will send a representative Women’s League Tag side to Perth, where they will play two friendly matches against two different Western Australia opponents.
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The squad, which will be captained by Milton-Ulladulla’s Cheyanne Hatch, will fly out for Perth on Thursday, November 29, before their first game on the Friday against a Northern Perth opponent.
“Obviously I’m very humbled and excited to be named captain at a representative level,” Hatch said.
“To be able to lead a great bunch of girls, with a mix of experienced girls who I have played with before over the years while helping lead the new younger girls, who are representing Group Seven for the first time, it is an awesome opportunity for them and I’m stoked to be a part of their first experience at this level.”
The Russell Colgate coached side will then back it up on the Saturday against a Southern Perth side, before having a free day to sight see on the Sunday – before returning home on the Monday.
“It’s very exciting times for the selected girls to be a part of this opportunity to travel to Perth,” Hatch said.
“Over the years, we have always just travelled locally for the CRL Country Championships, so it is very exciting to be able to travel to a different state to play.
“I’m also excited to be playing against a totally new bunch of players from a different competition.
“It’s great to have Russell [Colgate] back on board – he’s a great coach, who will bring positive vibes to the team.”
Joining Hatch in the side are Bulldogs quartet Ebony Murray, Olivia Patterson, Abbey Montgomery and Meg Buchanan, Jamberoo’s Emily Burke, Lauren Rynehart and Carly Ryan, Stingrays of Shellharbour pair Shayla Katia-Jupp and Allira Simon, Kiama’s Courtney Sullivan and Madison Harney, Nowra-Bomaderry’s Talia Atfield and Jess Ward and Albion Park-Oak Flats’ Tameeka Jarrett.
“The growth of league tag over the years has been massive and this proves exactly that,” Hatch said.
“Seeing the sport in Western Australia, on our visit, will hopefully help increase the growth over there too.
“Sporting opportunities like this don’t come around often, so it’s great to be able to see girls have this opportunity and be rewarded.”
Colgate will be joined on the staff by managers Tracey Coe and Warren Kelly, as well as sports trainers Kathleen Fox and Belinda Holt.
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