STINGRAYS of Shellharbour's Teagan Berry, Rhiannon Tungai and Riley Scott have been rewarded for their strong play with the Tarsha Gale Illawarra Steelers side by being announced in the NSW under 18 women's squad to face Queensland on Friday, June 21.
The squad, coached by Steelers premiership winning coach Daniel Lacey, will take on their northern rivals in a curtain raiser to the women's State of Origin match at North Sydney Oval.
The 25-person squad includes seven players from the Illawarra Steelers' premiership-winning team, including Eleni Amone, Tiana Graham, Mikayla Kidd, Olivia Vale and Maddison Weatherall - with the latter named as skipper.
Lacey's squad will train at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence on Sunday, May 26 and Sunday, June 9 before the final team is chosen to come into camp on Tuesday, June 18.
Joining the eight Steelers in the first ever NSW under 18s to play Queensland are Newcastle's Caitlan Johnston, Olivia Kernick and Joeli Morris, Parramatta's Shondell Akhabue, Wests Tigers' Janaya Bent, Sophie Cutrain and Emily Curtain, Cronulla-Sutherland's Jamie Chapman, Zali Fay and Tegan Dymock, Roosters' Brandii Davis-Welsh and Tymekqwa Duckett, St George's Filomina Hanisi, Taina Naividi and Mareva Swann, Riverina's Tess Staines and Penrith's Reshaun Vaughan.
In other NSW selection news, Michael Ennis' under 18 men's side contains four Steelers players from the victorious SG Ball side; Matthew Feagai, Max Feagai, Tyrrell Sloan and Jayden Sullivan.
This quartet will are joined in the squad by Newcastle's Bradman Best and Mitchell Black, Central Coast Roosters' Oliver Clements, Manly-Warringah's Sione Fainu, Joshua Schuster, Ben Trbojevic, Alec Tuitavake, Kaeo Weekes and Siua Fotu, Melbourne's Noah Griffiths, Parramatta's David Hollis, Sam Hughes, Trey Mooney and Viliami Penisini, Canterubry-Bankstown's Jackson Topine and Canberra's Junior Tupou.