Amy Barraclough is a Tiger through and through.
The Uralla Tiger is also the captain of the Greater Northern Tigers women’s side and leads them into a Country Championships campaign against the Newcastle Maitland Region Knights in Cessnock this weekend.
She’s not the only Tiger “doubling up” either.
So, too, are men’s stars Mitch Doring (Manilla Tigers) and Daniel Hoogerwerf (Aberdeen Tigers), along with 18th man Adam Swadling (Aberdeen Tigers).
Doring is a dynamic pivot, selected at fullback and captain-coaching his Manilla club in the Group 4 second grade competition.
Hoogerwerf will also captain-coach Aberdeen and, while a hooker, will start at lock on Saturday 27 February with Swadling filling the reserve spot and playing only if there is a late injury or mishap.
Barraclough is also the Tigers skipper, a talented and smart five-eighth with a great kicking game as well as a good goalkicker.
She is confident the Greater Northern Tigresses can upset Newcastle despite losing their trial at Dudley to the same outfit last week.
“It was a good hit-out,” Barraclough said.
“We were a bit slow our first 20 and made some mistakes but defended well.
“Everyone got a run, too (squad of 20).
“We do have a good mix (youth and experience); it’s just a matter of getting our combinations right. We need to work together and start a bit better.
“Newcastle is a bit different side to last year.
“Their forwards are big and they’ve got some little, nippy quick girls on the edges.”
The Tigers have plenty of talent as well, with centre Shai Blackadder and lock Kate Brown impressive in the recent trial loss.
- by Geoff Newling
GREATER NORTHERN TIGERS: 1 Hannah Rando, 2 Tanika Darcy, 3 Shae Pemberton, 4 Shai Blackadder, 5 Sarah Byrne, 6 Amy Barraclough (capt), 7 Lenikki Craigie, 8 Gaynor Blackadder, 9 Sarah Stewart, 10 Amelia Tunamena, 11 Brooke Davis, 12 Brooke O’Halloran, 13 Kate Brown, 14 Hannah Crisp, 15 Jess Baker, 16 Brooke Doyle, 17 Jess Morgan, 18 Nautica Eather. Coach – Mick Schmiedel, assistant coach – Cody Tickle