YORK City Knights Ladies kick off their maiden season in the Women’s Super League tomorrow with arguably the toughest check attainable – but boss Daryl North says the workforce are getting excited by the problem.
As reported, the Knights Ladies efficiently utilized for a spot in the expanded elite competitors for women’s rugby league after profitable the Summer Merit League final yr, and they’ll kick off away to one of many favourites for the title, St Helens, who have been previously the all-conquering Thatto Heath Ladies.
North admits his gamers had a couple of trepidations about making the step up – and turning into the one York group in any sport to play in the nation’s prime tier. But a superb pre-season and a 22-6 victory at Hull FC in their solely full pleasant has bolstered confidence in the camp.
“It’s St Helens, who used to be Thatto Heath. Not too long ago they were unbeaten for about three years in a row. They were fantastic,” stated North about tomorrow’s hosts.
“I know a few players have swapped and moved a bit but I’m expecting a real physical game and as long as we compete I will be happy.”
On taking over the nation’s greatest groups this yr, North stated: “The women must be pushed. After doing so properly in the Merit League, they wanted that increase.
“Once it was first achieved, I feel they have been a bit nervous about the entire Super League factor, but since then they’ve began to embrace it and are getting excited.
“We’ve had a good pre-season, new players have come down, confidence is growing and that win over Hull was a really good boost.”
Tomorrow’s match is at Ruskin Sports Village (2.30pm), the sport having been switched to a 3G floor to beat the dangerous climate.
Added North: “We practice and play on 3G (at York St John University sport centre) so it is superb for us and we’ll haven’t any excuses about that.”