North Newcastle Maidens one win away from NSW Women's Premiership grand final in rookie season

SHOT: North Newcastle rugby league fullback Amy Broadhead (right) celebrating a try in last month's Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union grand final with Merewether. Picture: Marina Neil
SHOT: North Newcastle rugby league fullback Amy Broadhead (right) celebrating a try in last month's Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union grand final with Merewether. Picture: Marina Neil

Amy Broadhead already has one piece of silverware this season and now she’s chasing another.

The Wallsend 32-year-old won her first Newcastle and Hunter Rugby Union women’s title with Merewether last month but this Sunday the fullback switches codes to rugby league and will co-captain North Newcastle in the NSW Women’s Premiership preliminary final.

And if the Maidens manage to beat Glenmore Park at Leichhardt Oval on Sunday and go onto upset minor premiers the Redfern All Blacks in next weekend’s decider, it could be enough for Broadhead to consider retiring.

“I’d be pretty close to hanging the boots up if I managed to bag two in the one year,” she said. “I don’t think you could top that.”

Broadhead said a satisfying union crown had been “a long time coming” after a few close calls previously and she thought the league campaign could carry a similar momentum after North Newcastle’s back-to-back sudden-death semi-final victories against Greenacre (32-18) and Mounties (28-20).  

“We have a lot of girls that travel so it’s pretty rare for us to have a full squad at training,” she said. “So the more games we can get in the more it benefits us as a team.”

The Maidens have accounted for Glenmore Park on both occasions they met in the regular season. Most recently 26-6 at home in the penultimate round and then 32-0 away to the Brumbies on June 17.

Kick-off is 11:15am.