aside Castleford trash Brighouse as development players impress

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.”

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.

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