Lithgow's Workies Wolves league tag side are fit as ever and ready to take on 2018 Group 10 winners Orange Hawks this Saturday, April 13 at Tony Luchetti Sportsground.
The squad have been in training since January, and according to league tag coach John Legge, they would kick off competition against some of the best and hardest teams.
"Group 10 is a very strong competition and the girls have been going really well in getting prepared for round one.
"But, we've got a pretty hard start to the season facing the 2018 grand finalists this weekend and St Pats who have been premiers three years in a row, next weekend," Legge said.
Despite the strong competition Legge was hopeful for a positive season and proud of the effort his squad had put in, in the weeks leading up to competition.
"It will be a pretty hard start to the year but the girls are pumped up for it and ready.
"They've been working really hard on their fitness with the help of Rox Campbell from Reach Change personal training, which will continue throughout the year," he said.
Legge said it was important to keep fit during the season, to be able to run the full length of the field.
"It's eleven players covering the full size field it's a pretty big ask, and this competition is very intense and very quick, so we're doing everything we can to stay as fit as possible," he said.
He also said he had a really good squad this year and so far they had formed quite well.
"We've got 20 in our squad, a good mix of young and older players, a couple returning and about three or four brand new players, who have never played the game before so it's a pretty good mix," Legge said.
Legge said key players to look out for this year were Kirsty Willmott, Cody Lane, captain Tiffany Willmot, Maddy Bender, Shannon Legge, Kim Northey and Megan Embleton.
"Megan Embleton will combine in our halves with captain Tiff Willmott this year, so I'm looking forward to seeing how that combination goes," he said.
The Wolves finished equal fifth last year with semis out of reach, but Legge was confident that the squad would go well this year.
"You know it's a pretty tough competition, but we are very hopeful," he said.
The ladies will kick off at 10.30am on Saturday against Orange.
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