By Sebastian Sternik
Following a grueling campaign in the Women’s Premier Division, both Castleford Tigers Ladies and the Oulton Raidettes turn their attention to the County Cup Final.
For Castleford this is an opportunity to make their debut season even better after securing a top four finish in the Premier Division and winning the Brighton 9s title.
However, a win is far from guaranteed as in their path stand a tough Oulton side. Despite a couple of heavy defeats to Bradford and Featherstone, Oulton can be a threat especially if they can replicate their last performance which earned them a 56-6 win over Wakefield Trinity.
Speaking ahead of the final, Oulton’s head coach Matthew Bullough said:
“Sunday will be a good mid season showpiece for two local clubs. It’s the second year running we have got to the final and although we have a changed team from our semi-final we are hoping to really put Cas to the test.
“We will need a high completion rate and a few things to go our way but we have some talented players within our ranks and we are more than capable of getting the job done.”
Women’s rugby league in the UK is going through a number of changes this year and after the cup final, four teams will compete in the first ever Women’s Super League; including Castleford Tigers Ladies.
Speaking ahead of Sunday’s final, Castleford’s head coach Lindsay Anfield said:
“I’m really looking forward to it although I know its going to be a really difficult game. Last time we played it was a very close and physical encounter which we managed to win 30-20.
“Hopefully the girls will step up this week and really give it a good go.”
One advantage for Oulton in this game could be the fact that the final is being held at their ground. Either way, a good crowd is expected for what promises to be a huge game.
The club is set to donate all profits to the Evan Hawksworth benevolent fund, following his tragic passing last week. A minute silence will also take place.
— OultonRaidettes (@OultonRaidettes) July 14, 2017