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Peach and Stanley named in 2023 Woman of Steel shortlist

York Valkyrie are delighted to announce that Captain Sinead Peach and Vice-Captain Tara Jane Stanley have been nominated for the 2023 Woman of Steel award.

Peach and Stanley have been vital parts of the York side which secured the League Leaders’ Shield in the 2023 Betfred Women’s Super League after nine wins and one draw from their 10 regular season matches earlier this month.

Following 2022’s capture of the Shield, the Valkyrie became the first team in BWSL history to win the crown in successive seasons.

Peach was promoted to sole Captaincy after the retirement of Katie Langan during the off-season and has since thrived in the role, scoring 13 tries and contributing 30 assists from an ever-present 15 appearances.

The hooker’s form saw her earn a recall to the England squad for April’s 64-0 thrashing of France, marking her return with a try.

Peach’s nomination for the Woman of Steel is the third of her career, having also been shortlisted in 2021 and 2022.

Meanwhile, reigning Woman of Steel award Stanley is also in the running for the 2023 award, having scored seven tries, 60 goals and two drop-goals while also contributing 20 assists from 13 matches this year.

The full-back was elevated to the role of Vice-Captain during the off-season and scored vital tries in key away wins at Leeds Rhinos and St Helens during the BWSL regular season.

Peach and Stanley have been shortlisted alongside St Helens trio Emily Rudge, Jodie Cunningham, Shona Hoyle and Leeds Rhinos star Keara Bennett.

The 2023 Woman of Steel will be announced at the 2023 Rugby League Awards Night on Tuesday 10th October at The Point at Emirates Old Trafford.

York Valkyrie continue their bid for a maiden BWSL Grand Final title when they host Wigan Warriors in the Play-Off Semi-Finals on Saturday (3.30pm) at the LNER Community Stadium.

General Admission tickets are priced at just £5 for Adults and Concessions and FREE for Under-16s! To purchase your General Admission tickets, please click HERE. Alternatively, you can head to the Ticket Office (next door to the Club Shop) or call 01904 950950. Premier Club tickets are also available for the Play-Off Semi-Final and are priced at just £15 for Adults and Concessions and £10 for Under-16s! To purchase your Premier Club tickets, please click HERE. Alternatively, you can head to the Club Shop or call 01904 670880. All 2023 York RLFC Season-Ticket holders are eligible for the Play-Off Semi-Final, with their individual seats reserved!


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