Women's Interstate Challenge: Canley Heights Dragons

NSW Rugby League squad players Teina Clark, Dahlia Tahu, Charlotte Butler, and Simaima Taufa - Kautai. Picture: Simon Bennett

NSW Rugby League squad players Teina Clark, Dahlia Tahu, Charlotte Butler, and Simaima Taufa - Kautai. Picture: Simon Bennett

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IT'S fair to say Canley Heights is the heartland of NSW Women's rugby league.

In the recent Women's Interstate Challenge, the Canley Heights Dragons accounted for 10 players out of the 20-person NSW squad.

Vanessa Foliaki, Elianna Walton, Alex Sulusi, Hanna Sio, Teina Clark, Dahlia Tahu, Simaima Taufu-Kautai, Charlette Butler were in the Blues team that went down to Queensland 26-10.

Denise McGrath and Chloe Leaupepe were also selected but had to withdraw.

Individual accolades follow club success with wins in the last three Sydney Women's competitions.

They are on track for their fourth crown in succession and maintained their place at the top of the table with a 30-16 win against Redfern at the weekend.

Canley Heights manager and NSW Women's secretary Pati Barber said it was the first time there had been 10 girls from one team selected for NSW.

"It is a great achievement for one club to have 10 players selected from the one team and they have worked extremely hard to achieve their success."

The Women's Interstate Challenge was the last chance for the girls to push for selection in the Australian Jillaroos team to play New Zealand at the end of the year.

Canley Heights duo Elianna Walton and Alex Sulusi were part of the World Cup winning Jillaroos team last year.

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