After being held to a draw against Monaro Colts last Sunday, Zarlia Griffiths is confident that her Western Rams teammates can snatch their first win of the season at Tamworth on Saturday.
Griffiths, who skippered Panorama Platypi in last season's Western Women's Rugby League, has retained her position as hooker for the Women's Country Championships second round match against Northern Tigers and she believes her team is a good position to claim victory.
"I don't know too much about them," Griffiths said on the Tigers outfit.
"Monaro is one of the top teams I think and to draw with them is pretty good. I think if we play to our strengths, I think we'll be right this weekend and get the win."
In that opening round match against Monaro in Canberra, Western lead 12-0 before the hosts pulled it back to 12-all, which is how the scores finished.
Griffiths said she's set to play alongside fellow Platypi teammate Claudia McLaren in a Rams jersey for the first time, which will mark McLaren's debut for the Rams.
Kayla Hasson also comes into the side, being named on the bench, with Heidi Regan and Nickolle Kirby both unavailable for the match at Tamworth.
I think if we play to our strengths, I think we'll be right this weekend and get the win.Westerns Rams women's hooker Zarlia Griffiths
Griffiths said it'll be great to play alongside McLaren on her Rams debut.
"I knew her back through netball back in the day, when we use to play that. But she's come over and played league last year," she said.
"It's very good for her. Last year was her first year of league, so she's done pretty well for herself. She's gone very well to get picked in the Rams squad."
There's no doubt about the ability and talent McLaren brings to the Rams squad, as well as dedication having played in two different grand finals, in two different cities, in two different sports back in September last year.
While she's got a strong rugby union history, last year was the first time she played for Panorama, so her rise to the Western Rams senior squad is quite remarkable.
Rams are currently fourth on the table with one point from one game, with Saturday's opposition last after a 26-0 loss to Newcastle.
Saturday's women's match between Western Rams and Northern Tigers will get underway at 2.40pm from John Simpson Oval at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School in Tamworth.
- WESTERN RAMS: 1 Molly Hoswell, 2 Nikita Kirby, 3 Demi Chapman, 4 Harriet Messner, 5 Claudia McLaren, 6 Bridie McClure, 7 Alicia Earsman, 8 Tabua Tuinakauva, 9 Zarlia Griffiths, 10 Channy Burgess, 11 Kaitlyn Andrews, 12 Lala Lautaimi, 13 Lilly Baker. Bench: 14 Jacky Lyden, 15 Maddy Masman, 16 Holly Jones, 17 Kayla Hasson, 18 Nickolle Kirby
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