Hilton: Progressing well

  • Wigan Warriors Women’s Kaitlin Hilton gave her views on the season so far having been ever-present in 2022.
  • Hilton made her debut in 2021, but has since cemented her place in the centres and has played in all bar one game this season.
  • Hilton: The team is also progressing well, there’s a lot of new players in the set-up and people getting used to playing together – it’s been good and I think things can only go up.”

Kaitlin Hilton praised the mentality of the Warriors Women’s squad as they prepare for their final few games of the season, with the hope of securing a play-off spot.

Having only made her debut in 2021, Hilton reflected on the season so far this year: “It’s been really good, It’s been good to get a lot more experience and there’s been a lot of new players coming into the squad so it’s quite exciting to play with different people as well. I’m loving playing at the moment.

“Individually I feel that I’ve massively improved myself, that’s physically and mentally. Playing at Super League level is tough and I think I’ve managed to be able to improve my performances in high-pressure situations. The team is also progressing well, there’s a lot of new players in the set-up and people getting used to playing together – it’s been good and I think things can only go up.”

The Warriors have handed out a number of debuts this year, including a number of girls progressing through the Academy system, something which Hilton did herself: “I think the young girls coming in is always exciting, I only made my debut last year so I’ve been in a similar position to them and it is nerve-wracking but I think they’ve really stepped up to the challenge, especially playing in big games. The likes of Molly Jones, Cerys Jones, all the young girls that have stepped up they’ve really put themselves into helping the team. I also think the new addition of Lauréane is also great for us, she’s a class player and she’s really getting stuck in.”

Hilton has played almost every game for Wigan this season, only missing out against Leeds last week due to injury. The Centre says she can’t wait to get back on the pitch: “I’m raring to go, and really excited to get out there against Huddersfield. It wasn’t too major of an injury, luckily I just missed the Leeds game but any game missed is one that I’m not too keen on.”

Speaking on this week’s opponents, Huddersfield, she said: “I think it is going to be a challenge, they’ve got some strong individual players – they had four players selected for the England Knights squad last week so they are a strong team but I think if we go in playing the structure that we want to play, sticking to our game, we have a good chance. It’s a home game too so we have that behind us as well but we’ll be out there this week doing the absolute best that we can.”

Finally, the 18-year-old was selected in the England Women’s Knights Performance Squad last week: “For anyone to be able to pull on an England shirt is huge, it was totally unexpected and I’m absolutely buzzing to get stuck in training and hopefully playing with the England Knights and being able to have one step in the door on the England Pathway is great.”

See Wigan Warriors Women take on Huddersfield Giants Women this Sunday 7th August at Robin Park Arena (2pm K.O.) Season Tickets Holders can attend the game for FREE with non-Season Ticket Holders costing £5 for Adults and £3 concessions.