Pair set for Country Championships

STEP UP: Katelyn Smith and Robyn Broadbent will take the field for Greater Northern in  round one of the Country Championships in Coffs Harbour this Saturday.
STEP UP: Katelyn Smith and Robyn Broadbent will take the field for Greater Northern in round one of the Country Championships in Coffs Harbour this Saturday.

Walcha duo Robyn Broadbent and Katelyn Smith will make history this Saturday when they take the field in the inaugural women's tackle rugby league Country Championships.

After standout efforts for Group 19, they earned selection in the Greater Northern Tigers team who take on North Coast in Coffs Harbour. 

Broadbent will be in the run on side in the number seven jersey while Smith will come of the bench.

They have been travelling to Tamworth and Werris Creek for training sessions.

"Training has been good, everyone has been really positive and focused on the job that Mick has given us," Broadbent said.

"It is pretty simple but I think it will be really effective if we can pull it off.

"It is very professional, it is that level up from your Group levels and stuff like that.

"Everything is done with precision and you just keep practicing until you get it right and then it feels really good when we do get it right."

Broadbent said there is a good mix of experience and youth and hopes they go deep into the Championships.

"We have some young people and some old people, the young people have got a lot of speed and stuff like that," she said.

"Us older ones will put them in a gap hopefully."

The match will be at 12.50pm and broadcast live on the Country Rugby League website and Facebook pages. They will play the following Saturday, March 16, in Armidale.