Official 2023 NRLW General Discussion (Womens)

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Tony Herman appointed NRLW coach for inaugural season​



The Cronulla Sharks are delighted to announce that Tony Herman will coach the club’s NRLW team for its inaugural season in 2023.

A long history with the Cronulla club, most recently the head coach of the Sharks Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership team for the past two seasons, narrowly beaten in the 2022 Grand Final, Herman has played his part in driving equality and opening up greater opportunities for female rugby league players in the Sutherland Shire.

His passion for women’s rugby league has helped nurture and encourage the next crop of talented female players at the Sharks, while furthering the development of the senior players within his squads.

“I am extremely humbled to be the Inaugural Cronulla Sharks NRLW Coach. It is an honour to Coach at this Great Club and in the Women’s space that I am so passionate about is very special,” said Herman.

“The excitement around the Club that we now have an NRLW team is extraordinary. This year we ran 14s and 17s development teams and attracted around 30-40 girls in each with the plan to run 14s, 15s, 16s and 17s this coming season. The growth of the women’s game is phenomenal in the Shire and to be given the opportunity to play my part in that is very exciting.”

Having worked in both the male and female space, Herman is no stranger to taking on an inaugural side. Tony was the first coach of the Cronulla Sharks National Youth Competition, before moving on to coach the Sharks NSW Cup side, winning a Premiership in 2013.

Having coached the female Cronulla Sharks Touch Football Junior State Cup side over four years, the female Cronulla JRL League Tag competition over four years, as well as stints in the male representative arena coaching the NSW U16s and an assistant coach of the Junior Kangaroos, Tony’s wealth of knowledge and exposure will provide the perfect platform for the Sharks NRLW side to not only build from but hit the ground running in 2023.

Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta says Herman thoroughly deserves to be at the helm as the club enters a new era in the women’s space.

“Tony has shown a commitment to the women’s game here at Cronulla, and a genuine passion for nurturing and growing our women’s game,” said Mezztesta.
“We are thrilled that he will lead the Sharks into its inaugural NRLW season.”

The 2023 NRLW season will kick off in July.


(Apologies if we did already have a thread relevant for this, please merge)
(also I called it general as I didn't think there would likely be enough posted to warrant a Sharks specific thread and a general one)
 

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Hopefully we can bring back a few of the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership players to keep a Sharks jersey on as we have had some good names - hope not too many are already contracted elsewhere.

2022 Grand Final team

1 Sam Bremner
2 Zali Fay
3 Tiana Penitani
4 Leianne Tufuga
5 Teagan Berry
6 Zali Hopkins
7 Maddie Studdon
8 Tegan Dymock
9 Quincy Dodd
10 Holli Wheeler
11 Samantha Economos
12 Talei Holmes
13 Brooke Anderson

Interchange
14 Rueben Cherrington
15 Natasha Penitani
16 Kirsty Sant
17 Cassie Staples

18 Ella Barker

(need to add Kennedy Cherrington to join her sister Reuben too - great ladies from WA)
 

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More posts than I expected to make but here is some more news


Ruan returns to bolster Sharks coaching ranks

One of the biggest names in women's rugby league will return to the Sharks in 2023, with Ruan Sims signing on as both head coach of the Harvey Norman Women’s Premiership side and an assistant coach of the inaugural NRLW side.

A pioneer of the Women’s game, the signing marks yet another historic moment for Sims, the first female player to ever sign a Rugby League player contract, most recently recognised with the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for her service to rugby league in 2021.

"I'm excited for this new challenge," said Sims

"The women's game is growing and strengthening at such a rapid pace and I'm incredibly proud to have a role in such an historic moment for the Sharks".

A dual international, Sims represented Australia and NSW in rugby union before switching to rugby league. In addition to 12 Tests for the Australian Jillaroos, Sims’ impressive career has seen her represent New South Wales, the NRL All Stars and New South Wales Country.

She has also captained the NSW State of Origin side and was captain of the Jillaroos team which won the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Instrumental in the rapid growth of the women’s game over the last decade, the next chapter in Sims’ remarkable story is ready to be written as she turns her hand to coaching in the HNWP and NRLW, after stints as head coach of the NSW Country Women’s Open Age side and as an assistant coach with the NSW Sky Blues team over the last two years.

"The opportunity to bring Ruan back to the club is something we are all really excited about," Sharks CEO Dino Mezzatesta said.

"Ruan’s appointment as both the Harvey Norman women’s head coach and our NRLW assistant coach not only bolsters and strengthens our commitment to female players, but also adds a wealth of experience and knowledge in developing our coaching staff as well”.

The Sharks NRLW pre-season will begin in May.
 

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Tony Herman was a coach of mine, he has had a lot of success as a coach.
 

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Hopefully we can bring back a few of the Harvey Norman Women's Premiership players to keep a Sharks jersey on as we have had some good names - hope not too many are already contracted elsewhere.

2022 Grand Final team

1 Sam Bremner
2 Zali Fay
3 Tiana Penitani
4 Leianne Tufuga
5 Teagan Berry
6 Zali Hopkins
7 Maddie Studdon
8 Tegan Dymock
9 Quincy Dodd
10 Holli Wheeler
11 Samantha Economos
12 Talei Holmes
13 Brooke Anderson

Interchange
14 Rueben Cherrington
15 Natasha Penitani
16 Kirsty Sant
17 Cassie Staples

18 Ella Barker

(need to add Kennedy Cherrington to join her sister Reuben too - great ladies from WA)
Great work bort.

Maddie Studdon is definitely back.
 
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