North Newcastle skipper Bec Young is confident her squad can compete for the Sydney Women’s Metropolitan Rugby League crown in 2017 following a historic performance on Saturday.
Young and many of her Norths teammates played in the first ever Newcastle Knights women’s team, defeating a star-studded Cronulla squad 16-12 in an exhibition match after the NRL fixture between the same clubs at Shark Park.
The victory has given the group a distinctive boost ahead of their scheduled season opener with the Greenacre Tigers on April 29.
“Although you’ve got to tweak it a little bit and change your game plans, it’s still rugby league and the girls knowing they can tackle the best players in Australia,” Young said.
“You come up against them week after week so when it comes to the season we know we’ve done it before, so we know we can do it again.”
Young said the weekend’s experience was a significant moment for those involved, women’s rugby league in the Hunter region and promoting an all-female NRL-style competition.
“It was like a day in the life of a Newcastle Knight and we loved it,” she said.
Jayme Fressard scored the match winner for the Knights late in the piece after Kylie Hilder and Isabelle Kelly crossed either side of the break.