Let battle commence for the women warriors in the World Cup

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Today marked the beginning of what is set to be an epic battle played out on then pitches of the rugby league world cup. This is the first tournament on a World stage to hold the inaugural women’s final on the same pitch as men’s. This is ground breaking and if it doesn’t give you reason to try to join the frenzy of excitement, we have our very own lionesses spear heading the Northern hemispheres attack.
With the entire Lioness squad comprising entirely of players from the north of England and a large portion from Bradford, Leeds and Featherstone, we can undoubtedly be proud of our Yorkshire blood producing such fine examples of elite athletes in the women’s game. The competing nations are:-

Australia
New Zealand
Cook Islands
PNG
England
Canada

As a fan of the game and a keen advocate of women’s sport becoming available to the general public, I was delighted to find that there would be some live broadcasts available via the ouRLeague app. I excitedly logged on at 7.30am to watch the PNG vs England game and was a little disappointed to discover a technical issue on a part of the hosts arrested the feed. As a consequence I settled onto my spin bike to watch the Jillaroos in action.

Without any doubt the Jillaroos are the resounding favourites to confidently and adeptly retain their World cup title. New Zealand, solid holders in the past can never be ruled out. PNG are also tipped to ruffle a few feathers. I await this with anticipation as I love the flair and freedom of the Southern hemisphere islands when they run out.
The Jillaroos first opponents were the Cook Islands whom constructed their team on Saturday just gone. This lack of direction and coherence was evident as the first half was a clinical dissection by Australia. Australia ran with confidence in attack and never sat back in defence to allow a score by the Cook Islands despite the immense deficit that would have seen many teams relax their hold. The Cook Islands made some unusual decisions during the run of play opting for tap starts as oppose to a kick to touch. This is perhaps indicative of the lack of communication from such a short preparation. Australia shared the conversions with a decent degree of accuracy, one of their kickers impressing not only with the boot but a high level of maturity, skilled running, good pace and a good rugby eye. As such Caitlyn Moran aged a mere 21 yrs was my player of the match. With 11 tries to 1 just about every team member ran one in for the Jillaroos, the tenacity and determination of the Cook Islands was rewarded late in the second half to produce a “sneaky short side” try. No doubt a quote of the tournament by the Oz commentary team. All in all a spectacle of flair and skill in abundance with ample opportunity to practice those well rehearsed set pieces.

PNG vs England was an entirely different game. With runs of the game looking evenly matched, possession conquering by the end of the game, and the PNG side being heavier and very physical were difficult to face but the game displayed twists and turns. With a distinct number of high shots being recorded in this game it only highlighted the feisty nature of a brilliant opening game. The heavens had opened and England not only brought their A game but also their weather it seems. Playing in a torrential down pour is not unusual for English players from Yorkshire and one may have hoped that this leant a hand into them settling into their game. The first 20 mins saw PNG as the dominant side. Running strong and hard with the majority of possession they looked like they could give England some trouble. However, heavily reliant on one or maybe two players was undoubtedly their undoing as Amelia Kuk left the pitch limping awkwardly on an injured ankle this saw a turning point in the game. England began to settle into their stride and with Kuk missing PNG looked a little lost and had a distinct lacklustre about them. The first half required much more of a gutsy effort by the English ladies and they dug deep and started to open up their game. Dobson was as inspirational as ever in the first half running hard and leading the way for her team mates. Unfortunately Dobson incurred what initially looked like a back injury in the opening few minutes of the second half. This quickly progressed to her having to leave the pitch looking extremely uncomfortable and sitting the rest of the game out on the sidelines. One huge hurdle that the women’s teams all face are the very short turn arounds between games. With only 4 days until they return to the pitch resting a niggly injury is paramount for progression to the later rounds. Unlike PNG England filled any gaps and shuffled their team with ease and a deft hand. Kuk returned for PNG in an attempt to rally her team and reproduce the dominance of the first 20 minutes. Despite an impressive length of the pitch run, PNG could only reconvene back on their own line when the try was ruled out due to a double knock on during play. They never managed to get back into the game with the score finishing 36-8 to England. It has to be said that once in their stride they looked comfortable in attack and defence, perhaps not the prowess that the Jillaroos showed but with England ladies mostly having full time jobs and some having to take a leave of absence to compete in the tournament, they can already hold their heads up in pride.

Tries from – Hoyle, Hardcastle, Stanley, Booth (2), Bound and Sutcliffe with Stanley not having an easy kick in the game but managing to convert 4

Charlotte Booth said post match “It was my World Cup debut and I was pretty rusty and nervous to be honest but I eased into the game. They are big girls and we knew they would test us, we will do plenty of recovery tonight and be ready to go again against Australia.”

Dobson impressed in the first half and the work rate of Forsell was impressive if not dramatic especially as she covered different positions. An excellent opener indeed.

The other of the 3 games today saw New Zealand thrash Canada 58-4
Sunday is the next match for all the women’s teams in this tournament.

 

Today marked the beginning of what is set to be an epic battle played out on then pitches of the rugby league world cup. This is the first tournament on a World stage to hold the inaugural women’s final on the same pitch as men’s. This is ground breaking and if it doesn’t give you reason to try to join the frenzy of excitement, we have our very own lionesses spear heading the Northern hemispheres attack.
With the entire Lioness squad comprising entirely of players from the north of England and a large portion from Bradford, Leeds and Featherstone, we can undoubtedly be proud of our Yorkshire blood producing such fine examples of elite athletes in the women’s game. The competing nations are:-

Australia
New Zealand
Cook Islands
PNG
England
Canada

As a fan of the game and a keen advocate of women’s sport becoming available to the general public, I was delighted to find that there would be some live broadcasts available via the ouRLeague app. I excitedly logged on at 7.30am to watch the PNG vs England game and was a little disappointed to discover a technical issue on a part of the hosts arrested the feed. As a consequence I settled onto my spin bike to watch the Jillaroos in action.

Without any doubt the Jillaroos are the resounding favourites to confidently and adeptly retain their World cup title. New Zealand, solid holders in the past can never be ruled out. PNG are also tipped to ruffle a few feathers. I await this with anticipation as I love the flair and freedom of the Southern hemisphere islands when they run out.
The Jillaroos first opponents were the Cook Islands whom constructed their team on Saturday just gone. This lack of direction and coherence was evident as the first half was a clinical dissection by Australia. Australia ran with confidence in attack and never sat back in defence to allow a score by the Cook Islands despite the immense deficit that would have seen many teams relax their hold. The Cook Islands made some unusual decisions during the run of play opting for tap starts as oppose to a kick to touch. This is perhaps indicative of the lack of communication from such a short preparation. Australia shared the conversions with a decent degree of accuracy, one of their kickers impressing not only with the boot but a high level of maturity, skilled running, good pace and a good rugby eye. As such Caitlyn Moran aged a mere 21 yrs was my player of the match. With 11 tries to 1 just about every team member ran one in for the Jillaroos, the tenacity and determination of the Cook Islands was rewarded late in the second half to produce a “sneaky short side” try. No doubt a quote of the tournament by the Oz commentary team. All in all a spectacle of flair and skill in abundance with ample opportunity to practice those well rehearsed set pieces.

PNG vs England was an entirely different game. With runs of the game looking evenly matched, possession conquering by the end of the game, and the PNG side being heavier and very physical were difficult to face but the game displayed twists and turns. With a distinct number of high shots being recorded in this game it only highlighted the feisty nature of a brilliant opening game. The heavens had opened and England not only brought their A game but also their weather it seems. Playing in a torrential down pour is not unusual for English players from Yorkshire and one may have hoped that this leant a hand into them settling into their game. The first 20 mins saw PNG as the dominant side. Running strong and hard with the majority of possession they looked like they could give England some trouble. However, heavily reliant on one or maybe two players was undoubtedly their undoing as Amelia Kuk left the pitch limping awkwardly on an injured ankle this saw a turning point in the game. England began to settle into their stride and with Kuk missing PNG looked a little lost and had a distinct lacklustre about them. The first half required much more of a gutsy effort by the English ladies and they dug deep and started to open up their game. Dobson was as inspirational as ever in the first half running hard and leading the way for her team mates. Unfortunately Dobson incurred what initially looked like a back injury in the opening few minutes of the second half. This quickly progressed to her having to leave the pitch looking extremely uncomfortable and sitting the rest of the game out on the sidelines. One huge hurdle that the women’s teams all face are the very short turn arounds between games. With only 4 days until they return to the pitch resting a niggly injury is paramount for progression to the later rounds. Unlike PNG England filled any gaps and shuffled their team with ease and a deft hand. Kuk returned for PNG in an attempt to rally her team and reproduce the dominance of the first 20 minutes. Despite an impressive length of the pitch run, PNG could only reconvene back on their own line when the try was ruled out due to a double knock on during play. They never managed to get back into the game with the score finishing 36-8 to England. It has to be said that once in their stride they looked comfortable in attack and defence, perhaps not the prowess that the Jillaroos showed but with England ladies mostly having full time jobs and some having to take a leave of absence to compete in the tournament, they can already hold their heads up in pride.

Tries from – Hoyle, Hardcastle, Stanley, Booth (2), Bound and Sutcliffe with Stanley not having an easy kick in the game but managing to convert 4

Charlotte Booth said post match “It was my World Cup debut and I was pretty rusty and nervous to be honest but I eased into the game. They are big girls and we knew they would test us, we will do plenty of recovery tonight and be ready to go again against Australia.”

Dobson impressed in the first half and the work rate of Forsell was impressive if not dramatic especially as she covered different positions. An excellent opener indeed.

The other of the 3 games today saw New Zealand thrash Canada 58-4
Sunday is the next match for all the women’s teams in this tournament.