Taggers chasing title

The Parkes Marist Junior Rugby League Club’s league tag side will take on West Wyalong in the grand final on Saturday. 

Coach Chelsea Simpson said the girls have been impressive all season. 

“Finishing as minor premiers and now in the grand final they have proven themselves time and time again,” she said. 

“This is my second year coaching the girls and the improvement is crazy. Last year I think we might have had three wins all year, so to achieve what these girls have is quite the fairy tale.

“The girls do well to fit training in twice a week with all their other commitments, dancing, piano, horse riding and so on.

“I am lucky to have been given such a great pool of talent to work with, they are all determined and play with their hearts and souls every week. They have made my job very easy.

“With all three league tag teams in Parkes making the Grand final this year league tag looks safe in Parkes. We’d love to thank our major sponsor KicxStart Motorcycles and Power Equipment.”

The game kicks off at 9.30am on Saturday at Condobolin. 

Pictured above: The Parkes Marist junior rugby league tag side, back from left – Jazz Terrill, Cheyenne Kelly, Bronte Thompson, Lily Heraghty, Jorja Simpson, Ellie Toohey, Charley Jones and Chelsea Simpson (coach); front – Erin Fernando, Bella Terrill, Grace Milne, Josie Heraghty, Nell Smith, Sharla Parker-Lee. Absent: Phoebe Usher. 

Player Profiles: 

#1 Sharla Parker-Lee

Age: 7

Position: Forward

Favourite Food: Spaghetti Bolognese

Favourite NRL player/team: Rabbitohs, Sam Burgess

One of the youngest in the team, football runs through her veins. Very determined, made some big tags during the year.

#2 Izabella Terrill

Age: 8

Position: Forward

Favourite Food: Pizza

Favourite NRL Team: Raiders

The younger of the Terrill sisters, also one of the youngest in the team. Very determined runner of the ball. Loves tagging her big sister at training.

#3 Nell Smith

Age: 9

Position: Forward, wing

Favourite Food: Curry

Favourite NRL Team: Rabbitohs

A zippy little player who has scored a few tries for the year. Made some great tags for the year. One of the younger ones who shows potential, hopefully she keeps playing.

#4 Grace Milne

Age: 8

Position: Centre, wing

Favourite Food: Mango

Favourite NRL player/team: Cronulla Sharks, Valentine Holmes

Grace is a little pocket rocket. She will run and tag all game. In her first year of playing, will be one to watch in the coming years.

#5 Erin Fernando

Age: 11

Position: Wing

Erin is very quiet off the field, but on the field she is one of the most explosive, elusive players in the competition. Has a great step.

#6 Jorja Simpson

Age: 12

Position: 5/8 and full back

Favourite Food: Steak

Favourite NRL player/team – Canberra Raiders, Sammy Bremner (Australian Jillaroos)

Second year player. Jorja is a very determined and fierce competitor and can score a try from anywhere on the field. Top try scorer and point scorer for the competition, will quite often see her flying through the air to make a tag.

#7 Charley Jones

Age: 12

Position: Centre, dummy half

Favourite Food: Strawberries

Favourite NRL player/team: Manly Sea Eagles, Daly Cherry - Evans

First year player, from a touch footy back ground and keeps improving every game. A tough and tenacious player. Sometimes think she should be playing tackle. A great defender and makes good metres running from dummy half.

#8 Ellie Toohey

Age: 11

Position: Wing

Favourite Food: Chicken Schnitzel

Favourite NRL team: Sydney Roosters

First year playing and a solid defender. Not too many get past Ellie on the wing. A great talker on the field. Can play anywhere on the field and has scored a couple of tries for the year. When a break is made Ellie is always there in support.

#9 Phoebe Usher

Age: 10

Position: Centre

Favourite Food: Silverside

Favourite Sportsperson: Amber Marshall – Barrell Racer

Playing her second season. You can give her a job on the field and you know she will get it done. A fantastic tagger and also slots well into dummy half when needed. Loves her horses but hope she sticks with league tag.

#10 Bronte Thompson

Age: 11

Position: First receiver, centre

Favourite Food: Watermelon

Favourite NRL Team: Canberra Raiders

Another of the second year player. Bronte is Miss FIX-It, she can play any position on the field and can play it well. Has great ball skills from touch football and has a great reach when making tags.

#11 Josie Heraghty

Age: 10

Position: Wing

Favourite Food: Ice - cream

Favourite NRL player/team – Broncos – Josh McGuire

The younger of the playing Heraghty sisters. Makes the tags that need to be made. Playing in her first year of league tag. Keeps the team entertained with her funny one liners.

#12 Lily Heraghty – Captain

Age: 12

Position: Dummy half, wing

Favourite Food: Curried Pasta

Favourite NRL player/team: Penrith, Nathan Cleary

Backbone of the team, leads by example. Knows when to dart from dummy half. Very cool head when under pressure. Loves soring a try and also can kick goals under pressure.

#13 Cheyenne Kelly

Age: 12

Position: first receiver, centre

Favourite Food: Mince chow mein

Favourite NRL player/team: Bulldogs, Josh Reynolds

Another of the second year players. Puts her body on the line to stop a try. Can really boot the ball, a real work horse on the field. A good organiser when playing half back. One of our go – to’s when points are needed.

#14 Jazz Terrill

Age: 11

Position: centre, wing, forward

Favourite Food: Chicken Nuggets

Favourite NRL player/team: Billy Slater, Melbourne Storm

Jazz is another of the second year players, her improvement this year is out of sight. She can play in most positions and does a great job. Can tag with the best of them, and if she makes a break there is no stopping her. Has another year in the junior league tag, will be a great leader next year.