By Sebastian Sternik
Castleford Tigers Ladies fielded a number of players from their development programme as they ran out 72-4 winners against Brighouse.
Lacey Owen and Georgie Hetherington both enjoyed a brace, scoring four tries each. Lucy Eastwood enjoyed a hat trick as development player Amy Sharp produced two tries on her Castleford Tigers debut.
Kelly Beckett produced 12 points as she scored a try and kicked four conversions. Among other goal scorers were Eastwood, Sharp and Kirsty Higo.
The player development programme has attracted over 20 local girls to the Mend-A-Hose Jungle. It was a successful debut for many in the orange and black colors including Mollie Sims who spoke after the game and said:
“I was really nervous beforehand with it being my first open age game but after kick off I just really enjoyed every minute. I’m looking forward to the next game.”
Lacey Owen, who scored four tries, spoke after the match and said:
“I really enjoyed today and it was really nice to see how our fitness has improved from all the hard work we have been putting in training.”
— Cas Tigers Ladies (@castigersladies) May 19, 2017
Head coach, Lindsay Anfield, was impressed with the performance and commented on the win saying:
“Tonight was a great game to see how our development group are coming along. Considering we fielded six 16-year-olds and four completely new players, we are very happy with the performance. Credit to Brighouse for pushing us for every try and posing a threat in attack until the final whistle.”
Castleford suffered a 12-34 defeat to the European Champions, Thatto Heath St. Helens, last weekend, but the Tigresses have certainly bounced back with a bang. This result is certainly going to be a momentum builder ahead of another massive game against Stanningley this Sunday.