Muswellbrook's Shae Pemberton and Scone's Sofie Casson tackle Central Coast in CRL Country Championship semi-final

TEAM EFFORT: The Greater Northern Tigers league tag side featuring Scone's Sofie Casson (back row, sixth from left) and Muswellbrook's Shae Pemberton (front). Pic: CHRISTINE BUTCHER
TEAM EFFORT: The Greater Northern Tigers league tag side featuring Scone's Sofie Casson (back row, sixth from left) and Muswellbrook's Shae Pemberton (front). Pic: CHRISTINE BUTCHER

GREATER Northern is seeking some redemption when the Tigers tackle Central Coast in a CRL Country Championship semi-final at Sawtell on Saturday.

The Mick Schmiedel-coached league tag outfit – boasting Scone Thoroughbreds’ Sofie Casson and Muswellbrook Ramette Shae Pemberton – has been knocked out of the tournament the past two years by Central Coast.

And, revenge could be on the cards.

“There is a little bit of redemption there for us,” Schmiedel said of what will be a tough semi considering Central Coast is the defending champion.

However, he’s confident the side can beat its highly-fancied opposition with some outstanding young players coming through.

“Codie Ryan, niece of former Moree premiership winning stars Matt and Mark Ryan, is quick and agile out of dummy half,” Schmiedel said.

“She’s a very talented player.

“Deb McGrady has a fair bit of pace, too, and Jordan Mackenzie is very good on her feet; can motor as well and has a very good understanding of the game.

“Scone captain-coach Casson is a utility player able to fill in most positions and cover “most areas” while Amy Barraclough and Camilla Clydsdale are the team’s co-captains.

“Barraclough is also an outstanding talent who is good with the boot, able to kick 40-20s as well as convert tries.

“She doesn’t miss too many,” he added.

Another Group 21 link is Aberdeen Tigers duo Rachel Schmiedel and Kim Beverstock, the side’s manageress and trainer.

Greater Northern has a final training run at Coffs Harbour from 5pm on Friday.

The Tigers then tackle Central Coast at Rex Hardaker Oval, with kick-off at 11am.

Greater Northern Tigers league tag squad: Jess Baker, Amy Barraclough, Jesse Brown, Bronte Harris, Hope Martin (Group 4), Jordan Mackenzie, Alyce Walsh, Camilla Clydsdale, Vicki Youman, Codie Ryan, Deborah McGrady, Olivia Turner, Kate McCulloch (Group 19), Shae Pemberton, Sofie Casson (Group 21); coach - Mick Schmiedel, assistant coach - Damien Allan, manageress - Rachel Schmiedel, trainers - Kim Beverstock, Jess Blair