Two young Sharks in Jaime Chapman and Zali Fay have been selected to play for the NSW in the Under 18’s Women’s Origin match against Queensland on June 21.
The pair who were standout performers for the Sharks Tarsha Gale team in 2019, will play in what is set to be the first time an Under-18s Women’s Origin match has been played and will precede the Holden State of Origin Women’s match.
Since completing her season with the Tarsha Sharks, Chapman has forced her way into the Sharks Harvey Norman Premiership team that currently sits in fourth position on the competition table.
The Sharks will have three representatives in the senior NSW team, with Corban McGregor, Maddie Studdon and Tiana Pentani named in the team last week following the interstate series in Queensland.
The NSW Under 18’s team includes seven players from the Harvey Norman Tarsha Gale Cup premiership-winning Illawarra Steelers, including Player of the Series Maddison Weatherall, and three players from Grand Finalists Newcastle Knights.
The team will be coached by Illawarra Steelers’ Daniel Lacey and will train at the NSWRL Centre of Excellence when they come into camp on Tuesday 18 June.
Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Under-18s Origin team
1 Tess Staines (Riverina Bulls)
2 Teagan Berry (Illawarra Steelers)
3 Jaime Chapman (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
4 Mikayla Kidd (Illawarra Steelers)
5 Zali Fay (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
6 Emily Curtain (Wests Tigers)
7 Tiana Graham (Illawarra Steelers)
8 Maddison Weatherall (Illawarra Steelers)
9 Rhiannon Tungai (Illawarra Steelers)
10 Filomina Hanisi (St George Dragons)
11 Olivia Kernick (Newcastle Knights)
12 Caitlan Johnston (Newcastle Knights)
13 Mareva Swann (St George Dragons)
14 Janaya Bent (Wests Tigers)
15 Eleni Amone (Illawarra Steelers)
16 Sophie Curtain (Wests Tigers)
17 Joeli Morris (Newcastle Knights)
18 Olivia Vale (Illawarra Steelers)
Coach: Daniel Lacey
Caption - Lead photo - Jaime Chapman