THEY won the Central West Rugby Union's Ferguson Cup grand final together as Bathurst Bulldogs, but come the October long weekend, Mel Waterford and Jakiya Whitfeld could be rivals.
The rugby union talents have been named by NSW Rugby in squads for the upcoming Chikarovksi Cup - Waterford in the Country squad and given her link with Sydney University, Whitfeld has been named in the Sydney Blue ranks.
As well as that Bathurst Bulldogs duo, Darcie Morrison has been picked in the Sydney Gold squad.
Not only is Morrison a member of the highly successful St Pat's league tag outfit which competes in the Group 10 Rugby League competition, but she was part of the Randwick Magic team which finished as runners-up in the Jack Scott Cup.
"She has speed to kill and is a tackling machine. Her second efforts and guidance of the back three have become a vital part of our team this season," Randwick said of fullback Morrison.
This year will mark the third edition of the Chikarovksi Cup, a three-team competition which is seen as important pillar in NSW Rugby's pathway to elite women's rugby.
It also acts as a talent identification system, with NSW Super W head coach Matt Evrard coordinating a training program for the squads.
Paddy Brown will coach the Country squad, while Jake Curran and Lucas Thiessen will lead the Sydney Gold and Blue squads respectively.