Awesome foursome win Jillaroos’ call-up

Saturday, 13. July 2019

FOUR members of the inaugural Newcastle Knights women’s team have been named in the preliminary Jillaroos squad for their Test against the Kiwi Ferns in Canberra on May 5.
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The 25-player squad includes Novocastrians Bec Young – a World Cup champion, State of Origin winnerandIndigenous All Stars skipper –and Caitlin Moran, Port Macquarie’sSimoneSmith andCentral Coast-based IsabelleKelly.

All helped the Knights beat Cronulla Sharks earlier this month in an historic exhibition match.

The Aussie squad will be reduced after on Sunday after a training camp this week on the Gold Coast.

The Test will be played as the curtain-raider to the trans-Tasman clash between the Kangaroos and Kiwis.

TEST HOPEFULS: Bec Young, Caitlin Morgan, and Simone Smith are all in the preliminary Jillaroos squad.

* NEWCASTLE’S under-16s play Canberra Raiders on Saturday for a berth in the 2017 Harold Matthews grand final. If the Knights, who were undefeated minor premiers, advance, they will face the winner of Parramatta andManly.

The preliminary final is at Kogarah at 1pm.

* NEWCASTLE’Sreserve-grade side will be hoping to end a two-game losing streak when they meet Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Saturday.

Their team will include former NSW Origin halfback Trent Hodkinson, playing his first game since being dropped from the NRL squad last week.

Hodkinson will partner five-eighth Will Pearsall and will also skipper the team.

* THE Knights’ under-20s will be fighting to stay in touch with the top eight when they play Gold Coast on Saturday.

After a54-12 thrashing by the Cowboys last week, Newcastle are equal seventh but ninth on for-and-against stats.

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