The talent was as real as some of the hits and tries scored in the first ever Sea Eagles Tarsha Gale Cup squad invitational trial.
Held at the Sydney Academy of Sport at Narrabeen on Wednesday night, girls from the Northern Beaches, Sydney’s west, Central Coast, the Hunter region and even Far North Queensland showcased their skills.
Open to girls turning 18 or 19 in 2023, the Tarsha Gale Cup is an Under 19 female junior representative competition run by the NSWRL.
Along with a girls junior development program, this is the first step for the club in the creation of a complete Sea Eagles female pathway with the intention to apply for a NRLW licence for the 2025 season.
The entertaining trial produced some quality rugby league which holds the Sea Eagles in good stead as they look to finalise their squad for the 2023 NSWRL Junior Representative season in February.
Manly’s Tarsha Gale Cup Coach Nik Wolfgramm said he was impressed with the athleticism shown by the players.
“It was a solid turnout and I feel we got a good result out of the trial,’’ he said.
“There were some very talented players who demonstrated real skill with the ball in hand along with some impressive defensive reads. They definitely aren’t collision shy.
“Narraweena Hawks is the only Manly junior league club with an Under 18 female team, so it was pleasing to have a strong contingent of Hawks girls take part.
“Most of the local girls play touch, rugby and rugby league and you could definitely see their experience coming through
“It’s an awesome journey to be part of. I’m looking forward to coaching the Sea Eagles first female squad. I’m sure that we will see some of these girls in a Manly NRLW team down the track.”