Oldroyd says Leeds Women’s team ready to go again this Sunday

Leeds Rhinos Women’s player Ellie Oldroyd says she and her team mates can’t wait to return to action in the Betfred Women’s Superleague this Sunday when they take on Castleford Tigers Women for the first time since the 2019 Grand Final.

For Oldroyd, who was part of the 2019 Grand Final winning team, the new season has been a chance for her to get extra game time and feels this has helped her achieve some of her best form for the club.

“I am really enjoying this season so far.  I have been getting more game time than I am used to as there are a few injuries in the team.  In previous seasons I have been coming off the bench and played around 30 minutes and now I am playing full halves.  I can see that my game fitness has improved, we didn’t have the longest pre season because of lockdown but being able get longer periods on the field has really helped me.

“With all the injuries to some of our players, the Gibbons twins who are leading coaching while Lois Forsell is on maternity leave, have spoken to me about taking my opportunity and that it’s my time to shine.  They are really good and I am enjoying working with them this season.  They are strict but also because they have played the game they understand things from a player’s point of view and have helped me get over some mental battles to help me push myself even further.”

It has been a winning start in the league for the reigning champions, and along with the results one of the success stories has been how the new recruits to the team have made an impact, and Oldroyd says they have easily slotted into the Rhinos set up.

“The new players in the squad have settled in so easily that they have never really felt like new players.  I have been in the squad a while now so I am happy to help them where I can, but I feel they have loads of experience and just part of the team already. 

“For me the person who has helped me and who I would go to for advice is Danika Priim.  We are close and she is like the Mother Hen of the group and happy to help us.”

Sunday’s game will be the first time the Rhinos have played since they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by St Helens, and Oldroyd says the team can’t wait to put that behind them and put right the things that went wrong in that game. 

“We were all disappointed to lose to St Helens in the semi-final and we had a zoom call afterwards and talked honestly about what we thought of the game and about what we need to do to improve,” she said.  “It has certainly motivated us all and we now want to get the double.  We know what we need to do as a team and are confident we can make the changes needed.  Our heads are not down and we are looking forward to getting back out there this weekend against Castleford. 

“Tigers have had a number of changes to their squad since we last played them, but we also have a number of players out through injury so it will be an interesting game but I am sure it will be a fierce Yorkshire derby as always.”

The Rhinos play against Castleford Tigers at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Sunday 13th June, kick off 3.30pm.  Please note this game will be played behind closed doors.  Updates will be added on Twitter and highlights available next week.

Leeds Rhinos Women’s player Ellie Oldroyd says she and her team mates can’t wait to return to action in the Betfred Women’s Superleague this Sunday when they take on Castleford Tigers Women for the first time since the 2019 Grand Final.

For Oldroyd, who was part of the 2019 Grand Final winning team, the new season has been a chance for her to get extra game time and feels this has helped her achieve some of her best form for the club.

“I am really enjoying this season so far.  I have been getting more game time than I am used to as there are a few injuries in the team.  In previous seasons I have been coming off the bench and played around 30 minutes and now I am playing full halves.  I can see that my game fitness has improved, we didn’t have the longest pre season because of lockdown but being able get longer periods on the field has really helped me.

“With all the injuries to some of our players, the Gibbons twins who are leading coaching while Lois Forsell is on maternity leave, have spoken to me about taking my opportunity and that it’s my time to shine.  They are really good and I am enjoying working with them this season.  They are strict but also because they have played the game they understand things from a player’s point of view and have helped me get over some mental battles to help me push myself even further.”

It has been a winning start in the league for the reigning champions, and along with the results one of the success stories has been how the new recruits to the team have made an impact, and Oldroyd says they have easily slotted into the Rhinos set up.

“The new players in the squad have settled in so easily that they have never really felt like new players.  I have been in the squad a while now so I am happy to help them where I can, but I feel they have loads of experience and just part of the team already. 

“For me the person who has helped me and who I would go to for advice is Danika Priim.  We are close and she is like the Mother Hen of the group and happy to help us.”

Sunday’s game will be the first time the Rhinos have played since they were knocked out of the Challenge Cup by St Helens, and Oldroyd says the team can’t wait to put that behind them and put right the things that went wrong in that game. 

“We were all disappointed to lose to St Helens in the semi-final and we had a zoom call afterwards and talked honestly about what we thought of the game and about what we need to do to improve,” she said.  “It has certainly motivated us all and we now want to get the double.  We know what we need to do as a team and are confident we can make the changes needed.  Our heads are not down and we are looking forward to getting back out there this weekend against Castleford. 

“Tigers have had a number of changes to their squad since we last played them, but we also have a number of players out through injury so it will be an interesting game but I am sure it will be a fierce Yorkshire derby as always.”

The Rhinos play against Castleford Tigers at the Mobile Rocket Stadium on Sunday 13th June, kick off 3.30pm.  Please note this game will be played behind closed doors.  Updates will be added on Twitter and highlights available next week.