Georgie Hetherington: “All the girls are so pleased to be back”

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After an incredibly long 18 months without a game, Castleford Tigers Women returned with a stunning display by defeating local rivals Featherstone Rovers by 40 points to 6 on the 18th of March.

The season opener was a huge occasion for all of the Tigresses after such a long lay-off, however, it was maybe even more of a special moment for Georgie Hetherington.

The half-back has been away from the game for nearly two years and in that time became a Mum to her son Bobby.

Speaking after the Featherstone victory, it was clear to see how pleased she was to be back out on the pitch.

“My last game was May the 29th 2019, so nearly two years,” she said to the Castleford Tigers Foundation.

“I’m just buzzing to be back to be honest.

“I didn’t realise how much I missed it until I got back into pre-season this year.

“I had a bit of weight to shift but I’ve worked hard and I’m just really pleased and proud to be back in the team.”

The Coronavirus outbreak has meant that it’s been a tough time without a fixture for the Women’s team, although Georgie pointed out that it has only brought the team closer together, by stating:

“It’s been really challenging.

“I think from a personal point of view I’ve had to plan training around childcare and things like that which has been difficult as well, especially with Covid and not having the usual support networks.

“We’ve just got to crack on with it and there is no room for excuses really.

“I think it’s really brought us together as a team, knowing that everybody has had to make those sacrifices just to get to training and it really has paid off today and we got the win.”

Following a five-year period in charge, Lindsay Anfield stepped down as head coach of the team earlier this month.

Former assistant coaches Marie Colley and Kirsty Moroney have stepped up to take temporary charge and Georgie was adamant that the side are ready for the season ahead.

“There are a lot of positives,” she explained.

“We’ve done a lot of work on our mindset as well, which in previous seasons I think is something that has let us down.

“One thing we have all learned, which is the most valuable lesson, is expect the unexpected.

“Nobody expected Lindsay to depart, but it is what it is and we’ve just got to get on with it.

“The team has stuck together. We are like a family and that’s something we’ve built over the years and it’s something Lindsay would be really proud of as well.”

Hetherington finished off by restating just how delighted she and the rest of the women are to be back after 555 days away from the field.

“Brilliant. I don’t know what else to say, I’m just buzzing,” she claimed.

“All the girls are so pleased to be back and what a way to come back.”

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