Five Mounties players selected for NSW City

Making the step up: Mounties' NSW City represenatatives Karol Tanavesi, Sharnita Woodman, Simaima Taufa, Jackie-Anne Tahu and Patricia Raikadroka.
Making the step up: Mounties' NSW City represenatatives Karol Tanavesi, Sharnita Woodman, Simaima Taufa, Jackie-Anne Tahu and Patricia Raikadroka.

Mounties and Jillaroos rugby league star Simaima Taufa said she will leave no stone unturned as she races the clock to be fit for the Women’s State of Origin on Friday, June 22 at North Sydney Oval.

Taufa was a late withdrawal from the NSW City team that lost 16-12 to NSW Country in the National Championships final at Owen Park on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

The City squad still contained four Mounties players – Patricia Raikadroka, Jackie-Anne Tahu, Karol-Ann Tanevesi and Sharnita Woodman – which was a reward for the team’s great start to the NSW Women’s Premiership which has them sitting in second place.

Taufa, who last year won the NSW State Player of the Year award, suffered a hip flexor injury in Mounties 28-14 win against Cabramatta last week.

“I’m doing all the right rehab and they said it was a three week injury so I’m confident I will be right to play,” she said.

“I know it’s a cliche, but there are literally know words to describe pulling on that Blues jersey. The rich history that is behind it and the pride of knowing all the hard work and sacrifices have been worth it.”

Taufa said it was great to see her Mounties teammates recognised for their good form in 2018. This Saturday the team plays North Sydney at North Sydney Oval. Kick-off: 3pm.