Tigresses raring to go in spite of injury problems
Posted: Saturday 17th August 2019 - 8:35 AM
The Tigresses travel to Headingley stadium to face Leeds Rhinos for the first time since suffering heartbreak in the Challenge Cup final.
By Andrea Mena
Last Sunday the Tigresses secured their spot in the Women’s Super League semi-finals with five regular season games to go. The black and amber put 56 points past last season’s champions Wigan Warriors, with over 500 in attendance at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
This win keeps Castleford firmly at the top of the table with 16 points to their name.
Cas and Leeds last met in the Challenge Cup final three weeks ago, where the Tigresses lost 16-10 at the University of Bolton stadium.
However, earlier on in the season, Lindsay Anfield’s side did pick up an emphatic 27-0 win over Leeds at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle.
Despite Castleford having a strong squad, there are some significant injury blows. England internationals Sinead Peach and Tamzin Renouf have both been ruled out with injuries. They were joined by Olivia Grace who was ruled out last Thursday.
But the positive news coming out of camp is that Lucy Eastwood is back in the starting 13. Speaking about her return she said: “To get back out there and get back out with the girls who are absolutely amazing, it’s just a real positive and real delight.
“It would be nice to win them, it would be nice to out a few wrongs right it would be nice to get a really good performance against them, defensively and in attack, and to play how we play.”
Captain Claire Garner and Kirsty Higo also make their returns to the team.
Here’s the 17-player squad selected by head coach Lindsay Anfield…
1. Tara Stanley (Moran Personal Training & Phoenix Mechanical Engineering)
5. Courtney Pointon (Aysgarth Falls Hotel)
16. Maisie Lumb (Spear Scaffolding Services)
12. Lacey Owen (Melanie Allatt Photography)
4. Kelsey Gentles (Atkinsons Fencing & Decking Specialists and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
6. Georgia Roche (Reactive Installations, MetLife Insurance & Tracked Spider Solutions)
24. Lucy Eastwood (Donna and Paul Hampton)
8. Emma Lumley (Chuldow Martial Arts)
33. Jasmine Cudjoe (Available To Sponsor)
10. Grace Field (Greywood Hall)
28. Hollie Dodd (Anthony Varley – BSM Driving Instructor and D&M Family Butchers)
68. Shona Hoyle (Tracy & Mark Channell-Napier)
13. Rhiannion Marshall (Marra Falcons and Castle Commercial Cleaning Services)
17. Kirsty Higo (Ink Religion)
14. Sammy Watts (McTigue Funeral Directors & The Glass Blower)
44. Emma Slowe (Caroline Jackson)
7. Claire Garner (NT Killingley and Peter & David Walker)
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