South Newcastle captain set to play two grand finals over the weekend

DECIDER: South Newcastle captain Brooke Carter, left, and Central Newcastle's Gabbi Miller.
DECIDER: South Newcastle captain Brooke Carter, left, and Central Newcastle's Gabbi Miller.

Being part of the inaugural Newcastle Rugby League Ladies League Tag grand final on Saturday will be an historic moment for all South Newcastle and Central Newcastle players.

But for Brooke Carter it will be the first leg of what will be an historic weekend.

The Lions captain will back up on Sunday for North Newcastle when they take on Redfern in the NSW Rugby League Women’s Premiership decider at Leichhardt Oval. 

“I’ve been training four or five days a week and then I’ve had to pick on the weekend if I’m going to do league tag or league, but this week I’ve got both and they’re both grand finals, so I’m pretty excited,” Carter said.

“It’s probably lucky it’s not the other way around or I’ve had to pick one or the other, so I’m pretty stoked how it’s worked out.”

The two sides have set the benchmark for the fledgling league tag competition.

Central lost just one match on their way to capturing the minor premiership with 30 points.

That stumble was against South in the final round of the preliminary season with the Lions winning 24-8.

South finished second on the ladder with 29 points and downed Central again in the major semi-final, winning that encounter 20-8.

When the two sides first met this year, in round seven, Central won 14-6. It was the last time South have lost this season.

Central’s Gabbi Miller said the grand final provided the perfect opportunity to square the ledger.

“I think we’ve certainly set the precedent for what’s expected at this level. It’s 2-1 and we’re definitely hoping to even it up,” Miller said.

“We’ve been playing a bit short for the past few weeks. I think we only has 13 on the weekend in the semis so to come out on top in that was absolutely fabulous, but we’ve got 19 this weekend.

“We’ve got Ainsley Hughes, our five-eighth, coming back from overseas, so that will be really good for us.”

Jordan Glanville has scored 21 tries for South this year and Amelia Hughes has led the way for Central, contributing 17 four-pointers.

The game at McDonald Jones Stadium starts at 10.30am.