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The inaugural 2024 Sea Eagles Harvey Norman Women's Premiership squad

History will be made at 4 Pines Park on Saturday, July 6, when the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles make their exciting debut in the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership.

The only statewide open age competition for women in NSW, the Sea Eagles take on traditional rivals Parramatta Eels at 3pm in the opening round of the 12-team competition.

In fielding a Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership team, the Sea Eagles have outlined a clear pathway for female rugby league players after the club competed in the Lisa Fiaola (U17s) and Tarsha Gale (U19s) competitions for past two years. The next step is entry to the elite NRLW competition in the near future.

The Sea Eagles will be coached by the experienced Keith Hanley and captained by centre Shontelle Stowers, who has played NRLW for the Parramatta Eels, represented NSW Origin, and played Test football for Samoa.

Players were presented with their jerseys by Sea Eagles legend Geoff Toovey, who holds the role of Manly’s Junior Pathways Coaching Co-ordinator, at a Club Induction Day on Sunday.

If enthusiasm and excitement are an indiction of how the team well perform, then they are already over the halfway line, such was the energy and passion  embraced by the players who are proud to create their own legacy for the next generation of women coming through the Manly pathways program.

Inaugural Coach Keith Hanley and Captain Shontelle Stowers
Inaugural Coach Keith Hanley and Captain Shontelle Stowers ©NRL Photos

Hanley, who has coached the Maori All Stars women’s team for the past three years, said it was an exciting time for the Sea Eagles team.

“I think we are going to be a team that has a fair bit of grit about us,’’ Hanley said.

“There will be moments when we’re not going to be the prettiest football team on the field, but we are going to hang in and stay with teams that might have a little bit more skill than us.

“And we’re going to compete. That’s what I’m seeing from the group that we have.”

The Sea Eagles squad have several local players raised on the Northern Beaches in it, including Teagan Long, Chelsea Smyth, Pier Pritchard, Maddison Binding, Lili Boyle, Paris Ingegenri, Nicole Backhouse, Aaliyah Paki, and Riley McKay.

Furthermore, seven players have progressed to the Harvey Norman NSW Women's team after playing for Manly in the U19s Tarsha Gale Cup competition over the past two years.

The Sea Eagles made the Tarsha Gale Cup finals this season under Hanley in their second year in the competition.

The Sea Eagles last week signed a landmark agreement with the Gold Coast that will see their Titans NRLW players not selected available to play for Manly in the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership.

It is a tremendous opportunity for the Sea Eagles players to develop their skills alongside the NRLW players, who will boost the squad with extra depth and  experience.

The inaugural 2024 Sea Eagles Harvey Norman Women's Premiership squad
The inaugural 2024 Sea Eagles Harvey Norman Women's Premiership squad ©NRL Photos

The NRLW season kicks off on July 25 with Gold Coast players flying into Sydney the day before Manly’s games to attend the team’s final training session.

And in a huge thrill for the team, the Sea Eagles' second home game in the Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership will be the curtain raiser match to the NRL clash between Manly and the Gold Coast Titans at 4 Pines Park on Sunday, July 21.

Sea Eagles Harvey Norman NSW Women's Premiership squad

Nicole Backhouse

Matisse Bettridge

Maddison Binding

Lili Boyle

Miah Brusnahan

Kobe Dymock

Kayla Eli

Kyla Gordon

Mia Holo

Tupou Hopoate

Paris Ingegneri

Teagan Long

Leela Ma-Chong

Mahina-Maara Manapori

Riley McKay

Tayla Montgomery

Nicole Nathan

Tanika-Jazz Noble-Bell

Aaliyah Paki

Taytana Pati Ah-Cheung

Shiloh Phillips

Pier Prichard

Becca Riley

Danica Sardelich

Shontelle Stowers

Anna Kina Tabuai-Dingley

Mollie Tagaloa

Jamee Taitoko

Lavinia Tauhalaliku

JayJay Taylor

Anna Tonu'u

Aleksandra Tunufai

Alicia Weir

Development Players

Chelsea Smyth

Lauryn-Val Tovia

Krystal Weekes

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Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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