World Cup aspirant Caitlin Moran hopes to continue the form that saw her claim this year’s NSW Women’s Premiership best and fairest when North Newcastle vie for a grand final spot at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday.
Moran was on Tuesday named at halfback for the Maidens’ do-or-die preliminary final clash with Glemore Park after collecting the competition’s player of the year prize at the Brad Fittler Medal awards in Sydney the night before.
The Hunter product showed why she deserved the top gong on Sunday with an impressive display helping the Maidens avoid elimination and defeat Mounties 28-20 at Kograh Oval.
Moran and North Newcastle teammates Bec Young and Isabelle Kelly are all in contention to make the Jillaroos’ World Cup squad.
Elsewhere in rugby league and Knights under-20 player Josh Ralph is part of the Wales train-on squad for the upcoming World Cup while Newcastle teammate Jack Johns was charged with a dangerous throw in Friday night’s sudden-death semi-final loss to Brisbane but will escape suspension with an early guilty plea.
NORTH NEWCASTLE: Amy Broadhead, Alicia Martin, Donna Sutton, Holli Wheeler, Renee Cross, Skye Lovett, Caitlin Moran, Francis Afeaki, Kylie Hilder, Cassie Ormsby, Jerry Burgmann, Isabelle Kelly, Bec Young, Brooke Carter, Theresa Wilhemus, Sheridon Noble, Casey Cameron, Rebecca Cramp, Ngalika Barker, Krystal Saunders.