Tigresses in touching distance of League Leaders Shield
Posted: Monday 16th September 2019 - 10:00 AM
A win against York City Knights tonight will see Castleford Tigers Women crowned League Leaders Shield Winners for the first time ever.
By Andrea Mena
This comes after St. Helens failed to beat Leeds Rhinos over a week ago. The Challenge Cup winners nearly took both points in Saints’ back yard, until Ellie Parker found her way over the try line three minutes from time to tie the game up 20-20.
This draw means that Lindsay Anfield’s side can lift the League Leaders Shield with a game in hand.
It was business as usual for the black and amber last time out as they continued their unbeaten record in the league with an away win at Wakefield.
However, credit has to be given to the hosts who made it a difficult game for Cas. Despite going into halftime with a 24-0 lead thanks to tries from Grace Field, debutant Jade Chambers, Frankie Townend and Women of Steel Georgia Roche, Trinity never gave in.
Cas struggled to add to their lead after the break and had to wait until the hour mark before teenager Maisie Lumb went over. Kelsey Gentles later added more points with her 21st effort of the season.
Just before the final whistle, Trinity got a try of their own which saw the game end 36-4 to the visitors.
The Tigresses now need to turn their attention to tonight as they prepare to take on York City Knights. KO 7:30 pm.
The last time these two sides faced each other was back in April. Lindsay Anfield’s side opened their 2019 campaign with an astounding 78-0 victory as they set their marker for the season ahead.
York currently sit 7th in the table with just one victory this season. This came against fellow strugglers Wakefield Trinity (20-4).
With the Tigresses being just two points away from their first major trophy, the black and amber will be desperate to put on a show in front of an expectant crowd at the Jungle.
This week was very exciting for one for the club with Kelsey Gentles being shortlisted for the Woman of Steel award. Kelsey has been nominated alongside St Helens’ captain Emily Rudge, and Leeds Rhinos’ half-back Courtney Hill.
The winger has had a phenomenal season and continues to be a menace in attack for the black and amber. Best known for her speed, and try scoring ability, as well as being an all-round top player. The winner will be announced on the 6th of October.
Kelsey wasn’t the only player earning praise in the Castleford camp this week, as the team also had its annual presentation evening on Saturday night.
Georgia Roche was awarded Player of the Year, Grace Field Supporters Player of the Year and Sinead Peach receiving the Players’ Player prize.
Six players return to the team. Tara Stanley, Lacey Owen, Shona Hoyle, Hollie Dodd, Rhiannion Marshall and Tamzin Renouf are all set to make their comebacks.
What’s more, youngster Millie Walsh retains her place in the team after impressing against Wakefield on her debut last week. Walsh comes to the Tigresses from Cutsyke Raidettes thanks to a dual-registration partnership between the two clubs.
Here’s the full squad selected by head coach Lindsay Anfield…
1. Tara Stanley (Moran Personal Training & Phoenix Mechanical Engineering)
36. Millie Walsh (Cutsyke Raidettes)
16. Maisie Lumb (Spear Scaffolding Services)
4. Lacey Owen (Melanie Allatt Photography)
4. Kelsey Gentles (Atkinsons Fencing & Decking Specialists and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
31. Frankie Townend (Lisa York and AFP Digital)
7. Claire Garner (NT Killingley and Peter & David Walker)
17. Kirsty Higo (Ink Religion)
33. Jasmine Cudjoe (Peter & David Walker)
14. Sammy Watts (McTigue Funeral Directors & The Glass Blower)
68. Shona Hoyle (Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)
28. Hollie Dodd (D&M Family Butchers & Anthony Varley BSM Driving Instructor)
13. Rhiannion Marshall (Marra Falcons & Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
23. Esme Reynolds (AeroCool)
15. Olivia Grace (Andy Candler Motor Engineers Ltd)
11. Tamzin Renouf (Anthony Higgins Transport)
22. Sam Jordan (Meadow Lodge Home Care Services)
Tonight’s game kicks off at 7.30pm! Entry is FREE for season ticket holders, £3 adults and £1 concessions.
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