NRL WA 2022 Representative Wrap – Under 19 Women’s

As we head into the end of the year that was in 2022, its time to look back on the year that was, starting with a representative wrap of our state teams and show them the love they deserve for representing our great state of Western Australia.

Starting with our Under 19 Women’s team.

The Under 19 Women’s side participated at the Women’s National Championships in 2022.

The competition took place at Pizzey Park, Miami QLD, the home of the Burleigh Bears. In the U19s, the young ladies gave their all over 4 days of tough rugby league games, taking on the best of the best in young female talent in the country.

Day 1 – Loss 32-6 – QLD Rubys
https://www.nrl.com/watch/matches/womens-national-championship-u19s/2022/round-1/qld-sapphires-v-western-australia/
First up, the WA ladies took on a very talented QLD Ruby’s side, who were ready to go from the outset. Scoring 32 unanswered points, the Rubys gave our girls a look at what it takes at this level, but the WA side wasn’t disheartened and had the last say, as Shiane Kani showed her power running game with a powerful try to close the game. It was heartening to see the girls continuing to show their heart against the tough Ruby side.

Day 2 – Loss 22-6 – NSW City
https://www.nrl.com/watch/matches/womens-national-championship-u19s/2022/round-2/nsw-city-v-western-australia—round-2/
While the draw wasn’t kind to the WA side, with its two toughest opponents up first in their pool, the West Australian girls were more prepared in this one. Pushing the City side all game, the City side came up with a quick fire period where they score 22 points in a rush. But once again WA never said die and it was that player again in Shiane Kani who powered over the line for another try to leave WA with at least something to show on the scoreboard.

Day 3 – Win 18-4 – Victoria
https://www.nrl.com/watch/matches/womens-national-championship-u19s/2022/round-3/western-australia-v-victoria–round-3/
A game Western Australia dominated from the outset. One of our fiercest rivals in rugby league over the course of history, it was the big one in the eyes of many, and the girls didn’t disappoint. Captain Adalaide Famausili Fala led from the front with a two try performance, while Aliyah Tanonef showed she can get it done as well with a try of her own. A dominant performance from the forwards in particular, this set up a showdown with the Northern Territory on the final day.

Day 4 – Loss 20-0 – Northern Territory
https://www.nrl.com/watch/matches/womens-national-championship-u19s/2022/round-4/western-australia-v-northern-territory–round-4/
Unfortunately the young ladies from WA just ran out of steam over the course of the 4 days, keeping their most uninspiring performance for last as they were convincing defeated by a keen and enthusiastic Northern Territory team. Uncharacteristic errors from the team led the way to a frustrating performance from the ladies, and kept the WA side in for 6th place at this years Championships.

Highlights

Leadership Performances
The performances from Captain Adalaide Faamausili Fala and Vice-Captain Aliyah Grey were top notch all championships. Leading from the front with massive efforts from both girls all championships, they excelled on both sides of the ball, with bone jarring hits from both front rowers really showing the rest of the country what the females from out West can do.

Shiane Kani
Bulldozer Kani is a try scoring specialist. And she is getting kicked out of the front rower club because of it. Solo try’s against the NSW and QLD sides are hard to come by, but she basically said “give me the ball and get out of my way.” A shining light in the first couple of tough games, she transferred that into her club form for the new Kwinana Titans who saw a semi final birth this year.

Club Benefits
While sometimes the National Championships cause some of the ladies players to carry injuries or niggles back to club land, in the U19’s there were some star performers who came back to club land and really dominated during the season. Names such as Melody Toby for the Sea Eagles, along with Aliyah Tanonef for the Titans really shook the competition up. The Kwinana Titans in particular had no less than 11 players in the squad of 20, making them the youngest side in the competition by a large margin.

For player and staff pictures of the team please visit
https://nrlwa.com.au/u19-girls-2022/

From all of the team at NRL WA, we would like to thank the ladies and their staff for their efforts and look forward to them back for a bigger and better 2023.