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SPORT WednesdayOctober 25, 2017 KATHERINETIMES 27katherinetimes.com.au Meg is a big step closer to the Cup TINDALS Meg Ward has been named in the pared down 2017 Womens Rugby World Cup squad of 24. Harvey Norman Jillaroos Coach Brad Donald named his squad ahead of the Cup, starting on November 16 in Sydney. The squad includes 16 World Cup debutants, including Ward, as well as five players who have captained Australia this year in Sam Bremner, Karina Brown, Steph Hancock, Renae Kunst and Ruan Sims. Tindal RAAF firefighter Ward, 23, scored in her first international match for the Australian womens rugby league team last month. Ward scored one of several tries for the Jillaroos against the PNG national team. A former Australian Schoolgirls soccer and Reds Rugby Women's Sevens representative, Ward grew up in a rugby league-obsessed household in Samfordnorthwest of Brisbane but never had the opportunity to play until moving to the Northern Territory earlier this year. After five games for the Northern Sharks represented the NT Titans at the Combined Affiliated States Championships where she was named player of the tournament. In doing so she also came to the attention of Jillaroos coach Brad Donald and after attending a couple of training camps now finds herself pulling on the green and gold and a step closer to World Cup selection next month. "To debut and be making history with these girls is crazy," Ward told NRL.com. "For me I was just playing because I love it. I love football, I love playing sport so I was never expecting anything to come from it or that anyone was watching. A firefighter at the RAAF's Tindal base, Ward relies on her air force compatriots not only to help cover her shifts when footy commitments come calling but also to provide her the training she needs in order to fast-track her rugby league development. "Adapting to league when I moved to the NT was actually a lot easier than what I expected," said Ward, who plays primarily at centre or five-eighth. BY CHRIS MCLENNAN Meg Ward. A NRL LeagueTag Gala Day will be played at Katherine South Primary School tomorrow. Katherine South has formed six squads and around 60 students participating. Trent Gorrie from NTRL will be coming down from Darwin to run the day and to also promote the Rugby Academy that has been running for two years. Both competitions at the school tomorrow will include round robin format with finals. RUGBY TAG CONTEST IT WAS a tough outing for the girls and boys Big River Hawks teams in Darwin on Sunday. The surprisingly lush Gardens Oval (opposite Skycity) was a far cry from the hard and dusty Nitmiluk Oval the teams trained on. The girls failed to score against a much stronger Palmerston side which played corridor football with great impact on the score board. Palmerston managed to boot about five goals in each quarter and are currently sitting third on the ladder. Although it was the third round, it was the first showing of the newlook boys Under 18 team for the year after a first round forfeit and a second round bye. The boys were also beat en by Palmerston, by about five goals at the final siren, but will be much better for the run, many of the juniors played together for the first time. It will be a much better test for both teams with the first home match of the season this Saturday at Nitmiluk Oval. St Marys will take the bus ride down to Katherine. The Under 18s boys match will start at 2pm. The girls Under 18s match will start at 12.30pm. The Big River Hawks will also a play second home game on November 5 at Nitmiluk Oval so will be setting themselves to combine as a team. The November 5 matches will be played against Wanderers. FIERCE CONTEST: The Big River Hawks girls Under 18s side was well beaten by Palmerston in lush conditions in Darwin on Sunday. Tough day at office for Big River Hawks on the road RESULTS from the Ausdarts tournament held at the Katherine Club earlier in themonth. A large number of players turned up for a great day of darts with three players traveling down from Darwin for the event. Three divisions were played on the day in a round robin format to knockout. APL Open was won by Smitty and runner up was ChippyMiller. APL1 winner was Gary Orwell and runner up was Gerry Capewell. APL2 winner was Troy George and runner up was Steve Laurie. 5 x 180's were thrown on the day Chippy threw 3 , Smitty 2 and Gary Orwell 1. We also had 3 x 171's thrown , 2 to Gerry and 1 to Chippy. High pegs thrown on the day were Smitty with 155 and 112, Gary Orwell with 107 ,104 and 100, Steve Laurie with 110 and Troy George with 103. A great day of darts again. Darts tournament draws a big crowd A large number of players turned up for a great day of darts with three players traveling down from Darwin for the event.
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