Singleton's Sophie Clancy part of NSW Country's Chikarovski Cup winning side

HUGE WIN: Sophie Clancy posing with the Chikarovski Cup, which she helped NSW Country win last weekend.
HUGE WIN: Sophie Clancy posing with the Chikarovski Cup, which she helped NSW Country win last weekend.

ANOTHER week and another trophy for Sophie Clancy. Admittedly, the latest one was particularly special as she ran out with NSW Country as they went on to claim the 2020 Chikarovski Cup.

Played at Ashwood Park in Bathurst, it was a long way from home for the union and league sensation, but the winning feeling is always worth the travel.

The weekend prior they had defeated Sydney Blue 24-15, last Saturday they took on ACT and showed their strength with a 31-5 win; and a day later it was time to line up in the final against Sydney Gold in the NSW Women's XVs Rugby domestic competition.

The 17-year-old was the youngest on the field and therefore understandably nervous, but she overcome that feeling to put in an exceptional performance a full back as her side triumphed 39-7.

"I'm not sure about everyone else but I was certainly nervous, I wasn't sure if I was going to start but I did for both games," she said.

"It was a long game, there were times where I had to put in massive efforts and one-percenters which is what they talk about, like following penalty kicks and stuff like that which isn't usually what I do.

"But I just had to put in different things in my mind for what I had to do for the game."

Despite the lopsided scores in both matches, she said they were both incredibly tough and the final in particular stretched her mentally and physically.

On a warm day, they were made to work hard for their lead with outside centre Piper Duck making a couple of early runs down the right wing to score in the corner.

With the score at 10-0, Arabella Mackenzie then extended the margin to 13-0 before halftime after a Gold player was given a yellow card. Left winger Sian Filipo made it 18-0 after an impressive team try, although a kick-off error saw Sydney register their first points of the day and keep pace.

However, Country quickly added three tries to put the game beyond doubt.

For Clancy, it was not just the game that tested her but the build up to it too. She has played at some incredibly high levels of junior rugby and league, but stated playing for the women's team is something completely different.

"Women's is just a whole other ball park, there's much more that you have to be worried about," she said.

"You're more worried about off the field stuff, you've got to be prepared before hand.

"We have to strap, we have to talk to the physio about anything you have an issue with, you have to eat well before hand and that all contributes to how everyone plays on the day."

In a sign that Clancy is more than mature enough to star at an elite level, she named the Chikarovski Cup as her favourite level to have ever played at, and enjoys every part of it - even the thorough preparation.