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June 20, 2024 11:06 PM

Clancy lands in NSW Country side

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BY ALEX TIGANI

Singleton teenager Sophie Clancy has had a week like no other.

Last Friday the 17-year-old rugby talent was selected in the NSW Country Women’s Side after guiding the Hunter Wildfires to a historic Jack Scott Cup title.

The NSW Country line-up will take on Sydney Blue at Forshaw Park this Sunday before travelling to Bathurst to face off against Canberra and Sydney Gold on November 14-15.

To add to latest chapter, Clancy also trialled for the Newcastle Knights Tarsha Gale under-18 side last night alongside fellow Upper Hunter rugby league talents Jules Kirkpatrick and Matilda Jones.

“And at times I’m still undecided which sport to play going forward,” Clancy told The Hunter River Times.

“I just really enjoy both.”

Clancy made history last month when guiding the Wildfires, who finished sixth on the ladder, to a 29-25 second division grand final victory over Campbelltown.

In the closing stages of the clash she set up teammate Anika Butler for the title sealing try; a play which launched the grand final’s commentators into gusto.

“I swear we had never done a kick try before and that was just spur of the moment I guess,” she admitted.

“Our coaches and even David Campese (former Wallaby) taught us a few things like setting up for backs which we did in some of our tries with Anika Butler earlier in the season.

“The commentators said there was a lack of awareness in Campbelltown’s defence as well so we caught them off guard.”

A total of 12 Hunter players were selected in the squad last Friday including Clancy’s Wildfires teammates Candice Clay, Sian Filipo, Kate Holland, Trudi Peterson, Peter Salter, Maryann Utai and Ash Walker.

Leilani Nathan (Easts), Katrina Barker (Warringah) and Randwick duo Layne Morgan and Maya Stewart complete the Hunter contingent which will now contest the Chikarovski Cup.

“I actually missed the phone call because I did not recognise the number,” Clancy recalled.

“But I was happy to see the email and read the good news.”

Clancy has now set an ultimate sporting goal for the next two years.

“I want to play for the NSW Waratahs Super W side,” she concluded.

“That is the ultimate goal by the time I am 20.”

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