The Greater Northern Tigers women only need a small improvement in their composure and completion rate to win Saturday’s second-round Country Championship match against Northern Rivers Titans in Armidale on Saturday.
That’s the assessment of their coach, former Tigers hooker Mick Schmiedel.
All four Tigers side will be in action at Bellevue Oval, Armidale, on Saturday.
The Tigers women lost their first-round clash 22-nil to North Coast in Coffs Harbour last Saturday.
“We only needed to be 10 to 15 per cent better and we win that,” Schmiedel said.
“We weren’t too far off the pace at all. They (North Coast) were just a little sharper and our first 15 (minutes) we were a little nervy and jittery."
If the Tigers win on Saturday, in what is first year of women's tackle in the championships, they are an outside chance of continuing in the tournament.
The under-16 Tigers, meanwhile, can cement a finals berth with a win over the Titans at Bellevue Oval.
They won their first three games under coach Steve Haylen but slumped to a 26-12 loss to North Coast in Coffs last Saturday.
Stevens’ under-18 Tigers also lost in Coffs, beaten 34-12, and they will be playing for pride and a good send off when they play their fifth and final game, against the Titans
The 16s begin the big day at 10am, with the Haylen-coached side in line for a semi-final berth after winning three of their first four Andrew Johns Cup matches.
The 18s follow at 11.20am, with the women at 12.50pm and the under-23 playing for a semi-final berth at 2pm.
Under-16s: 1 Latrell Newman (Moree), 2 Daltyn McCartney (Denman), 3 Campbell Watchirs (Inverell), 4 Blake Johnston (Scone), 5 Brayden Talbott-Hatch (Gunnedah), 6 Ethan Antzakles (Farrer), 7 Pichai Dixon (Aberdeen), 8 Mark Simon (Farrer), 9 Sam Fechner (Scone), 10 Ryan Kelly-Payne (Gunnedah), 11 Hayden Bull (Scone), 12 Luke Smith (Scone), 13 Jock Brazel capt (Moree), 14 Riley Reid (Dungowan), 15 Lachlan Smith (Farrer), 17 Jeffrey Harvey (Narrabri), 18 Nicholas Laurie (Scone), 21 Clint Aitken (Dungowan). Coach: Steve Haylen.
Under-18s: 1 Brayden Reid (North Tamworth), 2 Mackenzie Shepherdson (Denman), 3 Jhett Butler (Dungowan), 4 Blair Maloney (Dungowan), 5 Harrison Freeman (Dungowan), 6 Trent Taylor (Dungowan), 7 Steven Dengate (Muswellbrook), 8 Kalab McMillian-Bassett (Narrabri), 9 Clay Frendin (Dungowan), 10 Jack Todd (Dungowan), 11 Cooper Harris (Dungowan), 12 Sam Wentworth capt (Dungowan), 13 Kobe Bone (North Tamworth), 14 Daniel Kelly (North Tamworth), 15 Zak Turnbull (Gunnedah), 16 Hugh Collins (Aberdeen), 17 Bailey Miller-Freebairn (Aberdeen), 22 Blake Ginman (Dungowan). Coach: Peter Stevens.
Women: 1 Taneika Landsborough (Guyra), 2 Grace Gallen (Scone), 3 Lucy Prudden (Murrurundi), 4 Shae Pemberton (Muswellbrook), 5 Alyce Walsh (Uralla), 6 Amy Barraclough capt (Uralla), 7 Joan O’Leary (Bendemeer), 8 Jessyca Morgan (Merriwa), 9 Robyn Broadbent (Uralla), 10 Amelia Tunamena (Glen Innes), 11 Brooke O’Halloran (Uralla), 12 Lauren Clarke (Boggabri), 13 Brooke Davis (Greta Branxton), 14 Taylah Blackadder (Merriwa), 15 Sarah Byrne (Glen Innes), 16 Gaynor Blackadder (Merriwa), 18 Alisa Tunamena (Glen Innes), 19. Zoe Darlington (South West Robins). Coach: Mick Schmiedel.
Under-23: 1 Will Nieuwenhuise (Singleton), 2 Cameron French (Aberdeen), 3 Hamish Wolfgang (Aberdeen), 4 Tristan Ward (Moree Boomerangs), 5 Dewayne Nicholls (Moree Boomerangs), 6 James Bradley (Singleton), 7 Mitchell Doring capt (Manilla), 8 Isaac Austin (Scone), 9. Matt Gillham (Boggabri), 10 James Ballinger (Inverell), 11 Jordan Mulherin (Denman), 12 Brady Benkovic (Denman), 13 Andrew Pritchard (Denman), 14 Mitchell Sheridan (North Tamworth), 15 Scott McIntyre (Armidale Rams), 16 Hayden Smith (Gunnedah), 18 Harry Douglass (Aberdeen), 19 Lincon Smith (Gunnedah). Coach: Peter Stevens.