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We’ll get the job done, says Knights’ NRLW star Johnston


Newcastle NRLW enforcer Caitlan Johnston is promising the Knights will “get the job done” against the Parramatta Eels in this weekend’s Telstra Women’s Premiership decider.

History awaits the Hunter-based outfit at Sydney’s Accor Stadium on Sunday 2 October after a dominant 30-6 win over the St George-Illawarra Dragons in the semi.

And, having joined the competition earlier this year, as part of the rescheduled 2021 season, it’s been a phenomenal effort by the local girls to book their maiden berth in a grand final.

Newcastle Knights NRLW star Caitlan Johnston impressed all and sundry when she debuted for NSW in the Ampol Women’s State of Origin showdown. Photo:

“We’re all pretty pumped,” Johnston said.

“Even thought we’ve played them (Eels) before, there’s obviously a bit more meaning behind this clash.

“But, it’s great to give the city a grand final experience, too, especially since it’s only our second time in the NRLW.

“We hadn’t been in a semi or a decider before, so it is a bit special.

“The last time Newcastle contested a grand final was 2001.

“So, it’s a big legacy we’re building for the Knights, as female athletes, for future generations.”

Parramatta will be no push-over in the finale either.

Newcastle just pipped them 18-16 at McDonald Jones Stadium on 4 September, while the Eels are riding high after eliminating defending premiers Sydney Roosters 24-10 less than a week ago.

“It’ll be a middles’ game,” said Johnston, who was named in the 2022 NRLW Dally M Team of the Year alongside fellow front-rower Millie Boyle.

“However, it’s nothing we can’t match up front.

“We’re pretty fit [forwards] and I think that’s what won us the game in our previous meeting with Parramatta.

“We’ll just concentrate on the things that have worked for us.

“But, we’re definitely in for the fight.”

The Windale Eagles junior was the Knights’ inaugural NRLW signing.

So, after growing up in the area, she’s aware how much a victory means to everyone in the region.

“I’ve really noticed the support throughout the community this week,” Johnston said.

“Knowing the local people have our backs is something we cherish.

“It’s terrific they’re all on board.

“We’ll take that into the encounter – and do the town proud.”


  • WHEN: Sunday 2 October
  • WHERE: Accor Stadium, Sydney
  • TIME: 3.55pm

The match will be broadcasted on Nine, Fox League and streamed on Kayo Sports.

  • Newcastle Knights NRLW squad: 1. Tamika Upton, 2. Kiana Takairangi, 3. Shanice Parker, 4. Bobbi Law, 5. Emmanita Paki, 6. Kirra Dibb, 7. Jesse Southwell, 8. Caitlan Johnston, 9. Olivia Higgins, 10. Millie Boyle (c), 11. Romy Teitzel, 12. Yasmin Clydsdale, 13. Kayla Romaniuk; interchange: 14. Emma Manzelmann, 15. Tayla Predebon, 16. Simone Karpani, 17. Makenzie Weale; extended bench: 18. Caitlin Moran, 20. Kyra Simon, 22. Tiana Davison, 23. Jessica Gentle, 24. Tamsin Barber

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