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|Wednesday 26 th August 2009|
|FOOTY CLINIC FOR YOUNG GIRLS
ARL Development will be holding a girls rugby league camp in Brisbane during the September school holidays.
Any girls aged 12-18 years of age are welcome to attend, even if they have never played rugby league before. The camp is being held at Nudgee College between Tuesday 29th September and Thursday 1st October.
Girls are invited to live in for the camp or come along each day.
The camp will involve a range of activities including rugby league games and skills coaching, strength and conditioning, nutrition advice plus use of Nudgee facilities such as tennis, basketball and aquatic centre.
The camp will be supported by Brisbane Broncos, QRL and Australian Women's Rugby League.
COST : $150 live in, $80 daily attendance.CONTACT : Kylie Oâ?TNeill, QRL Women's Development Officer, k.oneil l@ qrl.com.au, 07 3367 6000.
|Friday 3 rd April 2009|
|SMWRL WOMEN'S 9-A-SIDE TOURNAMENT - CANCELLED
The Sydney Metropolitan Women;s Rugby League 9-a-side tournament scheduled for Saturday 4th April has been cancelled due to wet weather and the closure of grounds.
|Saturday 21 st February 2009|
The Dubbo Rhinos Sheilas have started preparations for defence of their Central West Women’s Cup crown with a major win in a sevens competition at Crescent Head at the weekend.
The Sheilas were victorious in all of their five games which gave them a ticket straight through to the grand final played on Saturday night.
They came up against Wanderers, last year’s competition winners in the grand final and turned on an impressive performance to take the win 24-0.
They picked up a cheque for $1000 and later chipped into the Victorian Bushfire Appeal with $500.
Outstanding for the Sheilas were Lisa Hando, Christine Dowler and Renee Black, all adding valuable points to the final score line.
“ All of the girls played awesomely. The win can be attributed to great team work and hard pre season training,” according to Sheilas captain, Stacey Hando.
“The girls plan on defending their title as 2008s competition winners fiercely this year.”
The Rhinos men showed great improvement in form at the Crescent Head competition.
After winning their first two games, they qualified for the quarter-finals where they were beaten by the eventual competition winners, Hamilton.
|Wednesday 18 th February 2009|
THE Young Cherryettes are looking forward to a big season in ’09, back to training early and keen to show the group nine competition exactly how they won against the State’s best in the PCYC Commissioner’s Shield.
Cherryettes’ coach Dave Walsh said that last year’s team had been very successful throughout the year but were disappointed in bowing out of the group nine opens competition in the semi finals.
“Most of the team were under 16 last year and it will be interesting to see what a year and all the experience gained in the PCYC competition has done,” Walsh said.
“I know the girls had a great time and took a lot of confidence and skills away from playing amongst their own age group and I am looking forward to seeing that translate onto the field this year.
Stacy Morton, Molly Walsh, Megan Durham, Annabelle Rathjen, Jessica Millar, Lauren Sheridan and Haley Major are all confirmed to return this year with the early addition of two players new to Young.
Madeline McGregor is making the move from soccer to the Oztag and Tanya Scarlett, a new resident of Boorowa will also be joining the team.
Tanya has played a lot of club and representative Oztag in Sydney and will be an experienced and talented addition to the side.
Training begins this Wednesday evening from 5pm at Alfred Oval and Walsh is encouraging anyone who is interested to come along.“There will be some great experiences to be had this year and everyone willing will be given the chance to participate,” Walsh said.
|Tuesday 17 th February 2009|
|WOMEN'S ADMIN FORUM FOR COAST
LADIES from the Sunshine Coast area are invited to register for the Sunshine Coast Women In League Admin Forum to be held on Saturday, February 28.
The Forum is to be held at Kawana Community Hall, with participants to attend the NRL trial between the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm at Stockland Park afterwards.
There is no cost to attend the forum and ladies will have the chance to hear from a variety of speakers on topics such as website creation/maintenance, obtaining grants, conflict resolution and pathways for women and girls in rugby league.For more information or to register to attend, please contact Kate Cross – ARL Development Officer on 0408 069 463 or firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
|Thursday 12 th February 2009|
|GIRLS LINE UP FOR EXCITING COMP
THE Sunshine Coast JRL will host Under 15s and Under 17s Girls Divisions in Season 2009.
The competition will run from May to July and consist of eight weeks of rugby league.
All clubs across the Sunshine Coast are seeking players, officials and sponsors to support these new and exciting teams.
The competition has been developed as a result of the continued popularity and success of schoolgirls rugby league on the Sunshine Coast.
Registration for each player will cost $110; this includes playing jersey, shorts, socks and end of year presentation.
The competition will commence and conclude with a gala day for all teams. Initial rounds will focus on skill development and becoming familiar with the modified rules in place.
All girls will be offered to the opportunity to also complete a LeagueSafe or referees qualification throughout the season.
The interest in the girls divisions has been promising in the lead up to Club Sign ons which will take place throughout February.Any interested parties are urged to contact their local clubs as soon as possible:
Beerwah JRL - Kay Jones - 0406 000 300
Bribie Island JRL - Debby O'Meara - 0409 062 477
Caboolture JRL - Dan Jenkins - email@example.com
Caloundra JRL - Bill Hooper - 0413 001 550 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Coolum JRL - Gary Harvey - 5446 3088
Gympie JRL - Ross Groundwater - 5482 5466 - email@example.com
Kawana JRL - Ross Harris - firstname.lastname@example.org
Maroochydore JRL - Paul McMillan - email@example.com
Nambour JRL - Christine Oakes - 0408 007 613 - firstname.lastname@example.org
Noosa JRL - Mark Quigley - email@example.com
Palmwoods JRL - Alan Mew Tow - firstname.lastname@example.org
Stanley Rivers - Trischell Rodgers - 5429 8313 - email@example.com
All other club enquires: Kate (ARL Development) 3858 9127 - firstname.lastname@example.org
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|Tuesday 18 th November 2008|
|CLASSY KIWIS LIFT WOMEN'S WORLD CUP
THE New Zealand Ferns kept their best for last in a dominant display of women's rugby league at Suncorp Stadium, defeating the Australian Jillaroos 34 - 0 in the third Women's Rugby League World Cup final.
The Jillaroos had no answers for the Ferns’ speed and intensive defensive line which had the Aussies on the back foot from kick off, with experienced half Trish Hina dominating in the middle of the field.
Lousia Avaki, who delayed her retirement to captain the Ferns, led by example scoring her own four-pointer in the second half.
While Australian half Karyn Murphy tried to create gaps and prop Melissa Edwards attempted to take the team forward, the Kiwi defence simply outclassed any Aussie counter attack.
The match will be a first time experience for the relatively new Australian team, who will re-gather back at camp in an effort to rebuild before future Tests against the New Zealand side.
The Australian camp wishes to thank all supporters for attending the match.
|Friday 14 th November 2008|
Plenty of girls spend their formative years playing with dolls, playing hopscotch or hosting tea parties with their stuffed animals.
But that’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Certainly not the Clark sisters.
Teina (Australia) and Poi (Pacific Islands) became the first sisters to face off against each other on opposing sides when their two teams met in a Women’s Rugby League World Cup semifinal at Stockland Park last night.
Hooker Teina had the last laugh when the Australians won through to its first-ever World Cup final with a convincing 32-6 victory.
The Jillaroos will now take on traditional rivals New Zealand, who beat England 16-4 in yesterday’s other semi, in the decider at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.
Australia took a 6-0 lead after just five minutes when veteran halfback Karyn Murphy grubbered and regathered from close range.
That advantage was doubled to 12-0 when second rower Deanna Turner barged over. However, the Pacific Islanders hit back six minutes later through Tina Watson to bridge the gap to 12-6.
But in the end, class eventually prevailed with the Australians running away with it in the second half.
Teina was prevalent out of dummy half for the Jillaroos all night and also kicked four goals from six attempts in difficult blustery conditions.
And, despite the fact Poi played on the wing, the sisters managed to clash a couple of times throughout the match.
Poi’s sporting talents aren’t restricted to the rugby league field. The younger of the Clark sisters also plays representative softball for New Zealand.
“It was pretty weird playing against her with us being family, but playing in the World Cup is pretty awesome,” Teina said. “We’ll probably go back to square one now and be friends; be best buddies again.
“(Saturday night is) going to be the first time Australia’s ever been in a (World Cup) final, so hopefully we’ll come away with a win.”
Despite being on the wrong end of the scoreboard last night, Poi said she’ll still be cheering for her older sibling from the grandstands.
“Why not, she’s my sister,” Poi grinned. “It was a good competition, we gave it our all and gave them a good run for their money.”
In the only negative for the Australians, Jillaroos skipper Tahnee Norris was placed on report in the second half.
(Stephanie Hancock 2 Karyn Murphy, Deanna Turner, Tarah Westera, Teina Clark tries; Clark 4 conv)
PACIFIC ISLANDS 6(Tina Watson try, Hake Nella conv)
|Wednesday 12 th November 2008|
Stephanie Hancock charges the French defence on her way to one of her four tries in the 60 to nil romp on November 6. Photo: Cade Mooney/179325
Scans have cleared Jillaroos blockbusting centre Stephanie Hancock from serious brain injury.
But Australian coach Karen Stuart stopped short of naming her as a certain starter in today’s Women’s World Cup semifinal against a fast-improving Pacific Islands at Kawana’s Stockland Park.
“We’ll have to wait and see – there are a few girls with niggles,” Stuart said.
Hancock was one of the more serious casualties after an all-out onslaught with England on Monday in a game littered with walking wounded at the final bell.
Medical attendants ruled out Hancock from retaking the field after she was concussed five minutes into the second half, during ruthless and relentless tackling from both sides.
Stuart said England’s aggression earned seven straight penalties at the height of the “blitz” and she said they worked over the Aussies a fair bit on the ground.
Although she joined in the post-match celebrations of the 22-4 win, Hancock, one of Australia’s potential match-turners, was taken to hospital after later feeling ill.
Stuart believed the way her team absorbed the rugged aggression has made the side a more formidable outfit as they eye a World Cup final on Saturday.
“I told them England would come at them hard in the first 20 minutes but that their overall fitness would get them home,” Stuart said.
“They have been a close-knit outfit, but I really like the way they stood up and played for one another.
“Anyone who knows the Australian team knows that it is full of fresh faces, but we had the leaders out there to hold them together.
“That was the first time they had encountered such opposition – so welcome to Test football, girls.”
Although New Zealand loom as the finals foe, Stuart is now intent on countering the ball skills of the Pacific Islands women, who belted Tonga 44-14.
Stuart said the Pacific Islands’ halves are fast and tricky and will need to be closely marked.
She wants the same sort of controlled aggression from backrower Kylie Pennell to lift the side and fire the forward pack up again.
“We will be looking to complete more sets of six and then attack them again up the middle as we did against England,” Stuart said.The Kiwi women will earlier play England for a place in the final at Suncorp Stadium at 4.55pm on Saturday.
|JILLAROOS GUNNING FOR A SPOT IN WORLD CUP FINAL
In a clash resembling that of their male counterparts the Australian Women’s Rugby League team – the Jillaroos – will tonight face the Pacific Islands in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup major semi final at Kawana’s Stockland Stadium.
The Jillaroos are gunning for a place in the history books as the first Australian Women’s Rugby League team to make the Women’s World Cup final.
A feature of the match will be the clash between Australian hooker Teina Clark and her younger sister Poi Clark who will line up for the Pacific Islands side.
The Jillaroos have performed strongly so far in the tournament to finish in first place in their pool. The Pacific Islands team finished second in the opposite pool.
In the tournament’s other semi final, New Zealand will take on England after finishing first in their pool.
The winners of both of the semi finals will meet in the Women’s World Cup Final on Saturday 15 November at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.
WHAT: Women’s World Cup Major Semi Final - Jillaroos v Pacific Islands
WHERE: Stockland Stadium, Kawana (QLD)WHEN: Wednesday 12 November, Kickoff 6.30pm
|JILLAROOS GET JUMP ON FOES
RUGBY LEAGUE: Australia's Jillaroos survived a "bashathon" by England to win their pool and advance to tonight's semi-finals of the Women's World Cup at Kawana Waters on the Sunshine Coast.
"It was a brilliant game, but the Poms just tried to bash our girls," said Colleen Kunst, whose daughter Renae is one of three Mackay players in the Jillaroos side.
In a physical game, England played in a style described as a throwback to the style of Pom teams of the 70s, but went down 22-4.
"The tackles were high all the time, but our girls stuck to their game plan," Kunst said.
Mackay winger/fullback Tegan Rolfe suffered a bruised collarbone and was forced to head from the field after half time, but is expected to be right for today's 6.30pm semi-final against the second-placed team in the other pool, Pacific Islands.
Top-ranked New Zealand, who won their pool, take on England in the other semi-final at 3.30pm.
Mackay second-rower Deanna Turner, who was knocked out and suffered concussion in an earlier match, recovered to play a big game against England, as did Renae Kunst.
"The three girls from Mackay are acquitting themselves very well," Kunst said.
"The coach has been really impressed with them."
The winners of today's semi-finals play the final at Suncorp Stadium this Saturday.The game will act as the curtain-raiser to the men's World Cup semi-final between New Zealand and England.
|WORLD CUP OPENING
It's here - the Women's and Police Rugby League World Cup kicked off last night with the Opening Ceremony.
The official welcoming was held at Lake Kawana Community Centre. 7 of the 8 countires participating in the Women's World Cup and 4 of the 5 nations participating in the Police World Cup were in attendance.
Jillaroos captain, Tahnee Norris, had the estemed job of welcoming all of the competitiors to Australian and wished them all the best for the tournament. The captains of the participating nations then presented their flags to Norris, to symbolise the begining of the tournament.
The last of the Women's teams will touch down today, and games will begin on Thursday.
TWO sisters from Eagle Vale will be playing in the Women's Rugby League World Cup but not for the same country.
Teina Clark, 20, will represent Australia; sister Poi, 18, will play for the Pacific Islands team in Queensland next month..
Poi, who is also a talented softball player with the New Zealand team, got a late call-up to the Pacific Islands team last week.
Both women play their bread and butter rugby league games with East Campbelltown.
Their proud father Brian will face a dilemma if his daughters meet in the final, but as a New Zealander, he will plump for cheering on the Pacific Islands side, Poi relishes the thought of playing against her sister with international pride on the line.
``Sport has played a big part in my life,'' Poi said. ``I love the competitive arena for any sport. ``I turned to rugby league as a tool for fitness conditioning.
``I feel so privileged to have gained selection for the Pacific Islands' international side and it will be a great experience at this year's world cup in Brisbane, especially playing against my sister Teina.''
The older sibling Teina has been playing rugby league for six years and learnt the game coming through the junior ranks against the boys while growing up in New Zealand.
She ranked New Zealand as the main danger in stopping Australia lifting the coveted trophy but is eager to give her all.
``I can't wait to represent Australia at the World Cup, although I know that New Zealand will be a huge obstacle with them being the reigning World Champions,'' Teina said.
``But I will be firing on all cylinders to bring home the cup.''Both women play in the position of hooker. Poi can also play halfback, while Teina can slot into a five-eighth role.
|Saturday 1 st November 2008|
THE Queensland Women's Rugby League is calling for applications for coaching staff for its representative teams in 2009.
The league expanded its representative program in 2008, co-ordinating Divisional representative teams who competed in the annual National titles, and will continue this trend into the 2009 season.
The league has also commenced its development program, with a squad of 25 players currently named in the Queensland development squad.
These members will participate in a camp in early 2009, providing an opportunity to develop new skills and techniques in the sport.
Coaching applicants must be in possession of a minimum Level 2 ARL Coaching accreditation. Experience at a representative level is desired.
Trainer - minimum level 2 First Aid/Sports Trainer. Knowledge in developing strength and conditioning programs for female athletes is an advantage.
Manager - experience with representative teams desired. Must be in possession of relevant first aid qualifications.
Please attach a cover letter with your resume, stating the representative team you wish to apply for. For further information, in particular the proposed representative schedule, please email Veronica White on email@example.com.Applications can be emailed or sent by post to QWRL Secretary, PO Box 3113, West Ipswich Q 4305.
|Thursday 30 th October 2008|
On Tuesday the 21st of October at Todd Park girls from high schools in the Sharks, Dragons, and Souths districts competed in the Sydney East Girls tackle Gala Day.
The games were played with 7 players on the field with 4 reserves under international rules with the safe play code in effect.
In the junior (yr 7 and 8) division due to some late cancellations found only two teams to play off in State of Origin best of 3 series between G.R.C Peakhurst and Kingsgrove.
The first two games both in back and forth battles ended in a draws which brought it down to the third and deciding game. Both teams came out fired up, ready to put on a great game but at the final siren G.R.C Peakhurst came from behind to be the eventual winners.
The seniors (yr 9 and 10) division saw eight teams participate being split into two pools of four where all teams were garranteed a certain three games.
There was a big display of heart from all the girls on the field, not to mention some impressive ball skills and some big hits that some NRL players would be proud of.
The Final came down to Matraville vs Engadine who had had a draw in there pool game earlier, this game was not going to be same this time Matraville proved to be to big and strong.
Congradulations to all the girls that played, they showed that given the chance to play a game they don't often get to the skill of the players proved to a make a very entertaining day of Rugby League.If your school is interested in participating in this event next year please contact Huw Ellis at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Monday 27 th October 2008|
|SLICK AUSSIES SET FOR BOLD SHOWING
AUSTRALIA begins its bid for the 2008 Women’s World Cup with an opening round clash against France next Thursday (November 6).
The bumper opening round also features matches between New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, England and Russia and Tonga and Samoa.
Kawana’s Stockland Park is hosting the Women’s World Cup, which will be run in conjunction with the Police World Cup featuring Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, Fiji and PNG.
The talented Australian team is the hot favourite to take out the Women’s World Cup.In a major incentive for the competing teams, the final will be played at Suncorp Stadium on November 15.
|Friday 3 rd October 2008|
FORMER Orange resident Tahnee Norris will feature in the Australian Rugby League’s Festival of World Cups.
Norris will captain the Australian team for the Women’s World Cup which will be played on the Sunshine Coast in November.
At the same time the world cup for Police will also be held at the Sunshine Coast.
A representative netballer, Norris’ move to league coincided with her move to Sydney, after having dabbled in the game as a youngster.
“I grew up with two brothers, in the backyard kicking the footy around, in Orange,” she said.
“I was playing netball, then moved to league when I knew there was a competition - I moved to Sydney and found out the South Sydney Rabbitohs had a women’s team.”
From there, next stop was state honours, which is where things go a little awry - in Norris’ wardrobe, you’ll find blue and maroon.
She has represented both states, and said pinning down her loyalties could be difficult.
“It’s a hard one - I still wear blue undies in games, put it that way,” Norris said.
“I play for the team whose jersey I’m wearing, it’s all about the girls.
“We don’t have the funding to fly me back down (from the Gold Coast) to play for NSW - I live up here now, so I play for Queensland.”
The Kiwi girls bumped Australia out of the last world cup in the semi-finals, a situation that will not repeat in November, with the sides in opposite halves of the draw, setting up a potential trans-Tasman decider.
“We’ve always done well, but there’s been a lot of changes, a lot of new young kids coming through,” Norris said.
“But there are still enough of us old guys hanging around to show the kids where to go.”
The Women’s World Cup will be played at Stockland Park from November 4.
|Tuesday 2 nd October 2008|
|SUNSHINE COAST LADIES IN LEAGUE BREAKFAST
Source : leagueNet
ARL Development is calling all ladies.......teachers, first aid officers, coaches, managers, referees, club officials, rugby league fans...to attend the first Sunshine Coast Ladies in League Breakfast.
TEACHERS - please note the 20th October is a pupil free day and we hope you can join us before your professional development day and school requirements.
Please find attached your invitation for the event including some brief detail about the morning's activities.
The breakfast is scheduled between 7.30 and 9.30am allowing for plenty of time for chatting, guest speakers, your breakfast plus refreshments along with some special prizes for attendees. Following the breakfast, ladies are invited to participate in an adminsitartion forum or leaguesafe course free of charge. Please inform Kate when you RSVP of your availability and or preference for either of these.
The venue we have chosen is spectacular and perfect for treating the ladies to a spceial breakfast: The Mooloolaba Surf Club sits on the edge of the Pacific Ocean at Mooloolaba, a sub-tropical region of unspoiled natural beauty on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia.
The Mooloolaba Surf Club is the perfect place from which to take in the azure waters of the Pacific Ocean, the sweeping sands and tumbling surf of Mooloolaba Beach, and magnificent views that stretch from Noosa in the north to Point Cartwright in the south.
The Surf Club offers members, visitors and guests the opportunity to relax, party or play in a world class venue specifically designed for our Sunshine Coast climate and this spectacular beachside location.
Please feel free to pass on this invitation to friends, family and colleagues who may like to join us.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kate on 3858 9127 or email@example.com
Looking forward to a lovely morning with some lovely ladies to celebrate your involvement in the great game of rugby league!!Download invitation
|Thursday 4 th September 2008|
|STATE OF ORIGIN 2 HELPS DECIDE WORLD CUP SQUAD
The Queensland Brolgas secured a clean sweep in the Nellie Doherty Cup series with a convincing 46-4 win against New South Wales at Kougari Oval on saturday night.
The maroon contingent, spurred on by a crowd of over 800, answered critics following their narrow 8-6 victory over the Blues in Game 1 at Penrith in July. The Brolgas headed into the dressing sheds at the half time interval with a 26-0 lead.
Qld's preparation for Game 2 included heading into camp a day early to help improve the team's on-field structure and organisation which was lacking in Game 1.
Queensland later dominated positions in the World Cup squad with Selectors obviously impressed with their performances which have taken place over the past 6 months. The Jillaroos will head into camp in August and September and will play some practice matches in preparation for the first of their world cup matches which kicks off in October.
Tryscorers : L. Fiaola.
|WOMEN ENJOY LEAGUE PATHWAYS
“WOMEN really are kicking some goals in rugby league.”
With those few words, the passionate Debbie Brewin captures the growing standing of women in rugby league.
Brewin, the current chairperson of the progressive Women and Girls Committee, is working tirelessly with her dedicated team in an effort to formalise pathways for females at an administration and playing level.
The profile of the Women and Girls Committee recently received a massive lift when highly-respected business woman Katie Page came on board as Patron.
Page, an NRL board member, has been instrumental in running the Harvey Norman Women In League Lunches.
She also attended a recent National Leadership forum for Women in Rugby League and has shown enormous support for women involved in the game.
Brewin, a staunch supporter of rugby league, is thrilled to have Page involved with the Women and Girls Committee.
It features representatives from the Australian Women’s Rugby League, Queensland Rugby League, NSWRL, NSW Country Rugby League, NRL One Community, ARL Development, NRL and the Australian Sports Commission.
Brewin said female participation was vital to rugby league’s development and expansion plans.
“When I was growing up, mums were in the canteen and they washed the jerseys,” Brewin said.
“Now you see women as the presidents and treasurers of clubs. They’re making decisions on how clubs are run.
“There are a lot more female coaches out there as well and we’re also seeing some really promising female referees involved in many of our major competitions.
Brewin revealed that many young girls could soon be playing in new underage competitions tailored for players in their early teens.
“We’re hoping to get some funding to implement 10-week Rugby League competitions for junior girls in various areas throughout Australia,” she said.You can also receive regular updates via informative newsletters by lodging your details on our National Database for Women & Girls in rugby league.
Submit your details to Cindy Currie, the Women and Girls Committee Executive Officer and stay up to date.
|Friday 27 th June '08|
|LADIES IN A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
THERE were big hits, crunching tackles, slick passes, blockbusting runs, length-of-the-field tries - and the only male on the field was the referee.
Two women’s rugby league teams, the Blue Bottles and the Stingrays, took to Ack Weyman Oval for a full-contact game of two 15-minute halves on Sunday.
There were plenty of laughs before, during and after the match, but no cat-fights, injuries or broken fingernails.
Rain at the start of the game seemed like a sign from above that ladies weren’t meant to play league, but this soon cleared and the teams put on a spectacle that left the enthusiastic crowd entertained and the players exhausted.
The Blue Bottles took an early lead, thanks mainly to some devastating running by Megan Ayers who fended off three or four players each time she took the ball up.
However, two runaway tries to Blue Bottles’ Michelle Baker tipped the balance in her team’s favour, and they eventually won 28-8.
“It was awesome to be part of the day, not to mention that us girls went down in the history books on Sunday as the first Moruya ladies’ rugby league teams ever,” Blue Bottles’ captain Trudi Badullovich said.
“I’m pretty proud of what we achieved.
“I think we shocked a lot of people at just how skilled girls can be. I think a lot of people expected giggling and squealing, but there were some hard hits and wonderful line breaks.”
Players’ player awards went to Michelle Baker and to the Stingrays’ Shannon Paine for her never-say-die attitude.
“I appreciate the game a lot more now,” Stingrays’ captain Michelle Cottington said.
“All the girls went hard, so it was good.”
The best news is that the girls will be back in action at Ack Weyman Oval on July 13, with the kick-off at 12.15 pm.
“I think we know what we are in for now,” Cottington said.Badullovich is on the lookout for more recruits for this match, and interested parties can call her on 0428 172 672.
|Thursday 26 th June '08|
Stephanie Hancock knows all too well the highs and lows of growing up with a famous footballer for a father but like NSW Blues halfback Mitchell Pearce, it hasn’t stopped her from reaching the top.
The daughter of former Kangaroo and Maroons forward Rohan Hancock, Stephanie will tomorrow night play centre for Queensland when they face NSW at Penrith’s CUA Stadium in the Australian Women’s Rugby League State of Origin series.The series will decide the majority of the Jillaroos squad for the 2008 Women’s World Cup to be held on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from November 1-15.
Having already represented the Jillaroos in 2003, Hancock said she had never worried about emulating her father’s achievements, but instead drew inspiration from them.
“I’m really proud that dad played for Queensland and the Kangaroos so it was pretty special for me to be picked for Australia back in 2003,” Hancock said.
“There was a pretty weird similarity there actually because in dad’s first game [for Australia] he got knocked out and unfortunately I got sin-binned on my debut.”
“But apart from that it’s never really been a problem.”
The proud Queenslander said the women’s State of Origin series showcased just as much passion, intensity and rivalry as the male counterpart.
“There is a massive rivalry with NSW, for sure,” Hancock said.
“The Jillaroos team is usually made up of mostly half Queensland players and half NSW players so this is our chance to prove who should be picked.
“And then there’s just the fact it’s always good to beat NSW, so I’m looking forward to the series.”
Game Two of the series will kick off on Saturday August 9 at Wynnum Manly, Brisbane.
AWRL STATE OF ORIGIN – GAME ONE - Friday 27 June – CUA Stadium, Penrith Kick-off 3.50pm
|Wednesday 25 th June '08|
The women’s game starts at noon and will be made up of two 15-minute halves.
The two all-Moruya teams – the Blue Bottles and the Stingrays – are captained by Trudi Badullovich and Michelle Cottington respectively.
The game will start at 12.30pm and will precede the Sharks’ under 18 match against Cooma at 1pm.
The Sharks’ first grade team will be out to atone for the thrashing they took the last time they played the mountain men, while the under 18s will seek redemption for the 40-20 loss they suffered on the same day.
The Sharks play their best football on their home turf, so a good showing is expected by both grades.
The first grade game starts at 2.30pm.
WOMEN GET IN ON IN CAIRNS
In Our Competition in Cairns there are four teams & at the moment we are on top of the Ladder.On Saturday 28th June,2008, Kangaroos will be playing against Innisfail in the curtain raiser game for Northern Pride Vs Burleigh Bears @ Cairns Barlow Park.
|Friday 13 th June '08|
South East Queensland and NSW City’s dominance in last weekend’s Australian Women’s Rugby League national titles is reflected in the Women’s State of Origin teams announced today.
After toppling NSW City 12-4 in the national final at Narrabeen several South East Queensland players will suit up for Queensland while a large NSW City contingent have been selected for the Blues.
The women’s two-game Origin series will take place on Friday June 27 at CUA Stadium in Penrith and Saturday August 9 at Wynnum Manly, Brisbane.
Selectors will use the opportunity to cast their eyes over players vying for selection in the Australian Women’s World Cup Jillaroos squadAWRL STATE OF ORIGIN – GAME ONE
FRIDAY 27 JUNE – CUA Stadium, Penrith KICKOFF: 4pm
|Monday 2 nd June '08|
|JILLAROO'S TO COACH SCHOOLGIRLS CLINIC
The nation’s top female Rugby League players will take Western Sydney schoolgirls through their paces on Thursday ahead of the Australian Women’s Rugby League National Titles at the Sydney Academy of Sport this weekend.
Five members of the Australian Jillaroos squad and head coach Karen Stuart will conduct the schoolgirl coaching clinic at Campbelltown Sportsground from 10am to 2pm on Thursday.
It will then be down to business for the players as they prepare for the premier fixture of the Women’s Rugby League calendar in the National Titles.
Teams from North Queensland, South East Queensland, NSW City (Sydney), NSW Country and a Barbarians team featuring players from all over Australia are set to compete in the tournament.
The stakes will be high for all competitors with the NSW and Queensland State of Origin teams set to be selected from this event.
A two-game Origin series is set to take place on Friday June 27 at CUA Stadium in Penrith and Saturday August 9 in Queensland.
Selectors will also take the opportunity next weekend to view Jillaroos players playing in the current Australian Women’s World Cup squad.
For information on Thursday’s clinic please contact Linda Kitchen on 0400 345 274.
WHAT : Jillaroos players and coach to conduct Western Sydney schoolgirl clinic
WHERE : Campbelltown SportsgroundWHEN : Thursday 5 June, 2008 – 10am to 2pm
|Tuesday 8 th April '08|
|WOMEN KEEN ON PLAYING RUGBY LEAGUE
Women keen on playing rugby league
Souths Juniors along with Kensington United Rugby League Club invite any women interested in playing Rugby League in 2008 to join their team to compete in the Sydney Metropolitan Women's Rugby League Competition commencing soon.
The team will compete alongside six other teams over the coming months, with all players having the opportunity to represent Sydney at the National Titles held in June.For more information, or if you are interested in being part of the training or administration staff, please contact Kate on 0431 410 474, 0403 284 492 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the following websites http://southsjuniors.leaguenet.com.au/ | http://smwrl.leaguenet.com.au/ |
|Friday 4 th April '08|
|A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
PLANS are well underway for a new women’s rugby league competition on the Mid North Coast.
Teams and individuals from Kempsey, Taree, Nambucca, Coffs and Port have voiced an interest in the concept and organisers hope to have the new competition underway by mid May.
The brain child of Kempsey’s April Kerr, the competition would include between four and six teams, however, if interest is high it is expected that number would increase. So far Kerr has gathered enough support in local circles for two teams, though she says more numbers are required.
“Between the schools and the girl’s rugby side I think we’d have enough girls in Kempsey for a couple of sides,” she said.
“At this stage we’re planning between four and six teams, but if we get more, so be it.”
In order to encourage more female players a nine-a-side gala day will be held in early May at Verge St Ovals two and three.
Women keen to play can either submit a team or come along as an individual and slot into one of the already established sides. A skills element will also be included on the day with Country Rugby League officials present to help teach the women about the finer points of the game.
“It will be the same format as the Sydney competition,” Kerr said.
“You can enter a whole team or give us a call if you’re an individual that can’t organise a side but still wants to play.”
Participants must be over 16 years of age to participate in the gala and are not required to have played the game before.
“No experience necessary, that goes for the new competition as well,” Kerr said.
“If you haven’t played before we’ll still put you in a team, this is all about participation.”
The gala day will cost around $20 per team and will also double as a registration day for the main comp.
The competition will be full 13-a-side matches and is expected to be played of a Saturday from mid May until August.
It will be just the second women’s rugby league competition in NSW and the only one outside Sydney.
The competition will be stand alone, meaning teams will not be affiliated with any of the local men’s sides, however, that may change should the inaugural season be a success.
Teams are allowed to have up to 20 players and once registered the women become eligible for representative selection.
“The national titles will be held at Dubbo over the June long-weekend, so we’ll have a break and hopefully get a few teams together for that,” Kerr said.
“Then there’s three State of Origin games in June, July and August plus the women’s World Cup in October.
“As soon as you register you’re eligible for selection and if you’re good enough, who knows?”
Anyone looking to sponsor a side in the new competition or find out more information can contact April Kerr.
|Monday 3 rd March '08|
HEY GIRLS, WHO WANTS TO PLAY FOOTY?
We are playing as part of the Newtown Jets club, our main contact person there is Stuart McCarthy (0447 046 516). Throughout the season we will be playing curtain-raisers to the men’s home games at Henson Park, wherever possible.
A couple of things about the Sydney Metro competition:
The competition is run by the NSWRL Academy. The main contact point is Yvette Downey (9971 0877)
The competition was resurrected in 2005 after collapsing in 2001.
We played as Newtown Jetettess for 2005 and 2006, making the grand final in 2006. Unfortunately the Jetettes didn’t have a team in 2007 but we’re bringing it back for 2008!
Teams that have played previously in the Sydney Metro competition include:
Opportunities for representative football include:
Playing for NSW in the annual State of Origin. In 2006 we actually played our game on Suncorp Stadium as a curtain-raiser to the First Grade Broncos vs Tigers clash.
Playing for Australia (the Jillaroos). There are annual clashes with New Zealand teams, and later this year Australia is hosting the Women’s Rugby League World Cup, including teams from New Zealand, France and Great Britain, among others.
For many girls, playing rugby league has been something we’ve dreamed of since we were kids, especially growing up watching it on TV and seeing our brothers play.
It’s a fantastic way to meet new people, improve fitness and strength, and gain new skills that we’re not able to learn playing other sports.
It’s very inspiring to have the opportunities to represent your state and country, particularly with the Women’s Rugby League World Cup to be held in Australia in November this year.
The experience playing for an historic and famous club such as the Newtown Jets is fantastic.
There’s such great affection for the club in the community, and you really feel their support when you pull on the blue jersey and run out onto Henson Park with them cheering you on.
For many of us it’s an amazing feeling to finally be able to realise the dream we’ve had for so long.
I’ve attached a couple of photos of us from past years. They came from Gary Sutherland Photography (http://www.pbase.com/gsphotography/jetettes).
If you are able to please mention that we are having our first training/trial session on Sunday March 16th at 6:00pm, venue TBA, and to contact me or email email@example.com if interested, that would be fantastic! We are look for players, a coach and sponsors, so anyone who would like to be involved in any capacity would be most appreciated!
|Tuesday 12 th Febuary '08|
|WOMEN IN LEAGUE WIN HEARTS
CANBERRA Raiders and Queensland Origin legend Gary Belcher knows all too well the importance of women in rugby league.
Be it as volunteers, coaches, managers, mums, journalists, officials or referees, Belcher developed a strong admiration for the role women play at all levels of the game during his decorated career.
Speaking on Sunday at a breakfast on the Gold Coast to celebrate the contribution of Queensland women to rugby league, Belcher emphasised the significant part females play in the game.
“Having played and coached, I’ve seen that women have a unique insight into our game,” he said.
“It is something that is important to acknowledge because without the myriad of female coaches, managers, trainers, refs, ball girls, physios, canteen ladies and board members the game wouldn’t function.
“And that’s not even mentioning the mums and grandmas who take our boys and girls to training and games each week and the hundreds of thousands of female fans who follow our game.”
About 200 women from grassroots clubs attended the breakfast, which was part of the Queensland Rugby League’s annual conference.
It was the first of the One Community-supported Women in League events for 2008 and will be followed by the Harvey Norman Women in League lunches in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and Townsville in July.
Rugby League’s One Community manager Trish Crews said it was a good opportunity to recognise the important contribution women make to the game.
“It’s great that we have so many women here today so we can acknowledge the amazing work they do in the game,” Crews said.
|SUNDAY 3 rd Febuary 2008|
|CONTACT THESE CLUBS IF YOU'RE KEEN TO PLAY IN 2008 Listed below are potential clubs interested in competing in the local BRISBANE & DISTICTS WOMEN'S RUGBY LEAGUE COMPETITION IN 2008.
Souths Sunnybank - firstname.lastname@example.org - Eddie Joyce 0410 548 907
Edens Landing - email@example.com - Craig Philp 0402 311 648.
Logan Brothers - firstname.lastname@example.org - Lisa Brown 0411 068 465 or 3808 1481 email@example.com
Brothers Ipswich - Jeanette Luker 0404 292 921 or wk) 0400 500 260
West Centenary - Teresa Anderson 0404 096 264
Wests Mitchelton - firstname.lastname@example.org Annie Banks 0414 353 155
Parkwood JRLFC - email@example.com - Coaching Director Justin Paulsen 0413534288 or Meagan MeganA@aquinas.qld.edu.au
For further info contact BDWRL - email: firstname.lastname@example.org
|TUESDAY 15 th JANUARY '08|
|AUSSIE JOBS UP FOR GRABS
Story By : QRL
THE Australian Women's Rugby League is calling for expressions of interest from persons wishing to apply for coaching and management positions for the Australian Jillaroos for the 2008 rugby league season.
The Jillaroos will be competing in a women's rugby league world cup to be held in Queensland from November 3-15, 2008.
Successful applicants will also be involved with training and selection matches throughout the year and be holders of ppropriate coaching and training certificates.
The positions are:
* Head Coach
Wavell Heights, QLD 4012, no later than February 1, 2008.
|Friday 7 December '07|
Story & Photo : Illawarra ARLD
The ARL development, along with Leann Andrews from West JRLFC, is running girls rugby League for Under 14s and Under 16s.
The program will started on Monday 22nd October between 4:30 - 5:30.
The first two sessions were skills clinics for the girls teaching Rugby League skills such as tackling, passing and catching.
The competition will then commence on the 13th November with 6 weeks of 7-a-side games.For more information download the form attched or call John Good on 0411159390.
|Sunday 2 nd December '07|
|ENGLAND STUDENT LADIES V COMBINED SERVICES LADIES PREVIEW
Story By : RLF
This will be the first run out of the year for the Student team who will be looking to improve on last summer’s performance against the Yorkshire ladies in the England selection festival.
The squad which is dominated by students from the Leeds Metropolitan and Coventry Universities has been boosted by the addition of several very talented players this season and they trained last Saturday in Leeds under the tutorage of GB Students Head Coach Paul Fletcher who put them through their paces.
Head Coach Debbie Drake is very confident and said: “Although the Combined Services are a bit of an unknown quantity I'm very confident that this group of students can go there and get a result'.
Captain Sian Hills said: “With the squad that has been announced I feel a great sense of pride playing alongside such talented women. I look ahead to this season with high hopes that everyone will prove and display what we are capable of, we are all looking forward to Sunday’s clash and want to start as we mean to go on.”
The Combined Services team which is made up of players from the Army, Navy and Air Force entered their training camp on Thursday afternoon in preparation for this clash.
The head coach is Ian Cairns who also works with Harlequins RL junior sides. He said: “We are confident that we can put in a good performance with the squad we have assembled and hopefully we will get the result.”
The provisional squad list includes team manager Sgt Vickie Dillon who returned from active service in Basra in earlier this year but is a doubt due to a shoulder injury. Her normal job is an RAF A & E Nurse at Peterborough District Hospital, however in Basra she was responsible for the medical immediate reaction teams, deploying by helicopter to pickup and care for injured personnel.
Another of the Combined Services key players LS Swinton is currently on board HMS Exeter, however she will be released from sea early in order to play in this fixture.Team captain is Lance Cpl Sarah Roper from the Royal Engineers who is currently based in the Falklands and will return early specially for this fixture. She said: “The squad is really looking forward to Sunday’s clash against the England Student Ladies team, we are expecting a very tough and closely fought encounter.”
|Saturday 24 th November '07|
Rugby league celebrates its 100th birthday in Australia next year, but only a handful of women have broken through the glass ceiling and been elected to management positions in the game.
Joanne Thomson of Elderslie is now one of them.
Last week, she became the first woman to be elected to the Group 6 Country Rugby League committee.
No stranger to the world of rugby league, Thomson, whose husband Kevin plays as a secondrower for the Camden Rams, was appointed during a ballot at the Group 6 Annual General Meeting at Picton Bowling Club last week.
Representatives from each club, the referees and juniors voted in the ballot.
"I was really surprised, I didn't expect to get it," she said.
Enthusiastic about her involvement in Group 6, Thomson has hit the boards running.
"I'm going to put forward that all clubs in the introduce the No Way campaign against drugs to make younger players more aware of the dangers," Thomson said. "It's important we provide an avenue for the juniors.
"Every club has the responsibility to help junior players at a critical stage in their lives."
Camden Rams was the first club to be involved in the No Way campaign last season and it was really good for the club.
"Now I want to do it for all the grades not just the juniors - that way Group 6 can be a leading example to other districts."
Thomson believes she can learn from the wealth of experience which exists within the committee, including new president Grahame Andrews - who took over the job from Terry Broadhead after a two-way ballot - and secretary John Dayball.
"I'd like to learn from those people who have been there for a while and I feel Group 6 can only move forward," she said.
"The committee can make things fair and equal for all the clubs in Group 6 and I hope we will try to implement a better system to give clubs more guidance and to help club officials more."
Her first committee meeting will take place tomorrow.Thomson will also be joined in a management role by Dennis Zammit from the Picton Magpies club.
|Friday 16 th November '07|
|NEW DIRECTION FOR WOMEN'S LEAGUE
THE Queensland Women's Rugby League held its AGM on the weekend, with its new executive officers expected to make huge inroads heading into the 2008 season.
Former Australian WRL representative player and captain Natalie Dwyer has taken the helm, having been elected unopposed as the new president of the league.
The QWRL also took the opportunity to meet with Mackay DRL delegates who have voiced their commitment to a Mackay women's rugby league competition in 2008.
Mackay will also host the 2008 State Championships over the May long weekend, with the selection of the 2008 Queensland Representative squad taking place from the tournament.
The expansion of the women's game continues with Bundaberg also expressing an interest in staging a women's competition next season.
The Queensland Women's Rugby League has been undergoing several structural changes throughout the 2007 season which will accommodate the expansion of the game in the regional areas.
The QWRL now boasts Brisbane, Mackay, Cairns, Thursday Island and Central Queensland as regional members.
Leading into the Centennial year, the QWRL is confident of once again dominating the representative scene after another successful year in the Nellie Doherty Cup and the selection of 13 of its registered players to the Australian Jillaroos.
The QWRL intends on working closely with the ARL Development over the course of the season in establishing links for its junior player base.
The QWRL has placed emphasis on local leagues to integrate programs with their region's ARL Development officers, in turn helping to promote pathways for all junior players.
Many leagues have recognised the success of the ARL Development in establishing under age competitions through local schools, in turn providing competition for junior players who are unable to continue playing in the mixed competition after the age of 12.
This is a huge achievement for all involved in providing females the opportunity to play the game of rugby league.
CALENDER OF EVENTS
* 3rd/4th May - 2008 QWRL State Championships, Mackay
* 6th-9th June - 2008 Australian WRL National Titles, Dubbo (tbc)* August - Nellie Doherty Cup (QLD vs NSW) - venue tbc
|Monday 12 th November '07|
Story & Photo By : BILL NORTH
Kylie Pennell returned to the real world this week following the most exciting month of her life representing Australia in both rugby league and rugby union.
The first of back-to-back tours to New Zealand started on October 13 with the Australian Wallaroos producing their most competitive performances to date against the New Zealand Black Ferns in two rugby union Test matches.
Pennell made her international debut in the series coming off the bench as a prop forward.
She returned to Australia before heading back to New Zealand the following week to play for the Australian Jillaroos against the New Zealand Maoris in two rugby league Tests.
Again playing in the front row, Pennell was named Players’ Player in the 20-16 come-from-behind win in the first match.
After losing the second clash 20-4 on Saturday, Pennell returned to hometown Coonamble where she will spend just her second weekend at home since January.
“The whole experience was unreal,” Pennell said.
“It’s something I’ll treasure forever and I hope there will be more like it to come.”
She admitted that she hardly knew what she is going to do with herself now that the footy season was over.
“I looked at my diary recently and realised I had been home just one weekend since January.
“The rest has been football and now my body is telling me to take a break.
“I’ve been wondering what I’m going to do with myself on the weekends off. I will probably do a fair bit of water skiing at the weir in Coonamble.”
Pennell was struck down with the flu at the tail end of the
tour and said that her body was run down from the hectic schedule.
But she only plans to lay low for a couple of weeks and then get back into her usual training schedule in the hope of representing Australia in the Women’s Rugby League World Cup running parallel to the men’s World Cup in Brisbane next October and November.
“Last year I was in the league side but we didn’t play any tests,” Pennell said.
“I decided then that my goal was to play in the World Cup.
“Earlier this year I was doubling up on my training schedule to get fitter. It’s taken me so long to get to this stage that I don’t want to lose it all so I won’t be taking too much time off from training.”
Pennell said she had no preference between the two codes but indicated that she was looking forward to helping the Rhinos Sheilas win their third consecutive women’s rugby union Blowes Cup.
“I love playing both. I think they are very different sports, especially for a prop. In league I am the first hit-up out of the line whereas in union it is much more to do with scrums and line-outs and not so many hit-ups.”Sydney’s Lisa Fiaola, playing in the centres, was the only other player to represent Australia in both league and union in 2007.
|Friday 9 th November '07|
|ENGLISH SCHOOLGIRLS GET IT ON
The english Schools knockout championships were recently held at RAF base Uxbridge
Watch the Video and see what Darren Lockyer had to say | WATCH VIDEO NOW |CARNEGIE CHAMPION SCHOOLS FINALS AUGUST 24TH @ RAF UXBRIDGE
Girls’ Year Seven Final: Castleford High 24, Lowton High 4
Girls’ Year Eight Final: Castleford High 4, Cardinal Newman 0
Girls’ Year Nine Final: Castleford High 8, Holy Family 8
Girls’ Year Ten Final: Cardinal Newman 20, All Saints 16
|Wednesday 10 th October '07|
STATE COACHING APPLICATIONS CALLED
The Queensland Women's Rugby League is calling for applications from interested coaches for the State coaching job after existing & successful Coach Karen Stuarts 2 year stint at the helm ended last month.
Stuart has been encouraged to reapply for the State job after successfully being reappointed to the Brisbane Coaching position earlier this month for the 2008 season.
The State job will include fixtures such as the annual Nellie Doherty Cup interstate match against New South Wales with hopes of securing a curtain raiser with the Gold Coast Titans or the North Queensland Cowboys.
The QLD Brolgas remain titleholders after defeating the Blues at CUA stadium, Penrith in August.
The successful applicant will also be required to attend Selection Trials for the State team which will include the State Championships held on the May long weekend and the National Titles over the June long weekend.With next years third Women's Rugby League World Cup being staged at Kawana Waters the QWRL is desperate to continue its highly successful representative program which includes an undefeated Queensland Brolgas team since 1999 as well as its regions producing strong success across the state including Brisbane's successful win over Sydney in the 2007 National Titles and Cairns climb into the representative arena.. Learn More
|Tuesday 2 nd October '07|
|THE 2007 JILLAROOS TEST TEAM
1. Teresa Anderson
2. Bianca Ambrum
3. Joanne Barrett
4. Jamie Blazejewski
5. Erin Elliott
6. Lisa Fiola
7. Suzanne Johnson
8. Natalie Levy
9. Karen Murphy
10. Tooa Nannai
11. Tahnne Norris
12. Kylie Pennell
13. Jennifer Pope
14. Dahila Tahu
15. Tarah Westera
16. Leah Williams
17. Amy Turner
18. Amie Solomona
19. Rebecca Tarvo
|Monday 10 th September '07|
THE Wests Centenary Panthers have won a hard fought victory over Wests Mitchelton in the Brisbane Women's Rugby League Grand Final, winning 20-16.
The Panthers held on in spite of a second half fight back from Wests Mitchelton, which was down 16-0 going into the break.
Wests Centenary were put quickly on the back foot from the second half kick-off, however with the score at 20-12, a disallowed try under the posts just 10 minutes from fulltime could have turned the tide in favour of Wests Mitchelton.
However some desperate Centenary defence kept Mitchelton from crossing the line until later in the half with just two minutes left on the clock.Player of the Grand Final Stephanie Hancock, who also scooped up the 2007 Brisbane WRL Player of the Year award, inspired her teammates with some great general kicks in play and strong defence, while captain Teresa Anderson capped off a successful season winning the Hutchinson Builders Queensland Representative Player of the Year award.
|Monday 27 th August '07|
ITS A CAT FIGHT IN BRISSY WRL GRAND FINAL
It will be an all-panthers affair in the Brisbane Women's Rugby League Grand Final next saturday with West Centenary winning yesterday's preliminary final against reigning premiers Brothers Ipswich.
The Panthers won 30-16 and will face off against Wests Mitchelton at West Centenary JRLFC, 1st September kicking off at 4.30pm.
The Panthers forward pack were too strong for an uncommitted Brothers side, with hooker Tooa Nanai elusive around the ruck area and former Australian forward Stephanie Hancock causing havoc scoring two tries.
Qld prop Kellie Batchelor made plenty of in roads with good service from halves Erin Elliott and Teresa Anderson. The Grand Final is sure to be a fiery clash with both West Centenary and Wests Mitchelton reknowned for their defensive battles; evident in the major semi with a 7-0 scoreline at the end of time.West Centenary, runners up to last years winners Brothers Ipswich, are confident of sealing their first Premiership after an impressive performance yesterday while Wests
|Tuesday 14 th August '07|
IT’S NOT just our men that are better. Queensland’s women have again proved themselves superior on the rugby league paddock, beating New South Wales 38-16 in this afternoon’s Nellie Doherty Cup at CUA Stadium.
However the Brolgas, undefeated since 1999, were tested sorely by their southern opposition, leading by a slender 12- 10 at halftime.
Standouts for the victors were the contrasting duo of 34- year-old captain Tahnee Norris and Cairns rookie Suzanne Johnson.
Norris led by example with stinging defence around the rucks, while centre Johnson brought the crowd to its feet with a number of decisive cover tackles out wide.
“There was a heap of tenacity out there. I couldn’t fault the girls,” Brolgas coach Karen Stuart offered.
“The big achievement is that we have had such a changing of the guard and there were eight rookies in the side.
“But everyone performed extremely well. The side ran like clockwork and I think it’s fair to say New South Wales had no answer when we started belting them up the middle.”
Stuart said the combatants had appreciated a larger than expected crowd, playing before the Penrith Panthers v North Queensland Cowboys NRL clash.
“On a Monday afternoon when people are at work, we were genuinely surprised by the number of people that turned up, particularly Queenslanders,” Stuart said.Womens officials are looking at an end-of-season Test match against New Zealand, with no dates as yet confirmed. Next year’s Women’s Rugby League World Cup will be held on the Sunshine Coast.
|SUNDAY 12 th August '07|
|SEMI'S LOOM FOR FOR BRISBANE WOMENS FOOTY
The Brisugby League womens rugby league heads into finals mode kicking off with the semi finals this Saturday 18th August at Brothers Ipswich RLFC, Raceview.
4.30pm Minor semi - Brothers Ipswich vs Edens Landing
6.00pm Major Semi - Wests Mitchelton vs West Centenary
|Friday 10 th August '07|
That’s the riddle of Tahnee Norris, the little girl from Orange who has grown up to become one of the most feared female athletes north of the border.
On Monday she will etch the latest chapter into her remarkable life’s tale when she leads the Queensland Brolgas onto CUA Stadium for the Nellie Doherty Cup – the women’s equivalent of State of Origin.
The Brolgas will look to extend an unbeaten run since 1999, with 34-year-old Norris determined to use the match as a springboard to her third Women’s World Cup.
It’s a long way from her childhood, when she played goal defender for Australian Catholic Schoolgirls in the more traditional female sport of netball.
Indeed Norris’s first game of women’s league did not come until completion of her university studies, when she pulled on the famous colours of South Sydney.
Hooked on the sport, she represented the Blues in the early part of her career before moving to Queensland for work and spending the last six seasons wearing Maroon.
Unlike the men’s game, financial constraints mean women still represent the State where they reside, rather than where they played their first football.
Not that Norris has any qualms driving a stake through the hearts of New South Wales. She’s already done that on several occasions.
Most notably she was the hero of the 2005 Nellie Doherty Cup, scoring a last-minute try similar to Mark Coyne’s effort in 1994, lunging through tackles out wide and brushing the line with the tip of the ball for a tense 20-18 win.
“There’s a fair bit of stereotyping with women’s rugby league, but anybody who watches us play takes us seriously,” says Norris, an events co-ordinator at ANZ Stadium.
“We’ve played previous curtain-raisers to NRL matches and every time we get fans commenting how much they enjoyed it. I’ve never heard a bad word from anyone at the grounds.”
While Queensland has dominated interstate women’s clashes, this year’s New South Wales team is expected to be stronger than seasons past, thanks to a revived club competition.
At the same time Queensland has undergone a changing of the guard, with long-time star player Karyn Murphy absent in 2007.
This year the Penrith Panthers have helped set the stage for the Doherty Cup, with the clash to be played prior to Monday’s NRL fixture against the North Queensland Cowboys.
|Tuesday 7 th August '07|
|WOMEN'S STATE OF ORIGIN FOOTBALL COMES TO CUA STADIUM NEXT MONDAY NIGHT.
For the first time in Sydney, the women's Blues and Maroons will play for the Nellie Doherty Cup.
It's been held by Queensland since 1999 and games are normally played at Suncorp Stadium.
The Cup is a stand-alone event, but it's hoped to turn it into a series just like the men's Origin, according to Yvonne O'Neill, President of the Australian Women's Rugby League.
"The association was formed in 1995," said Yvonne, "and games are played not only at regional and state level, but internationally.
"The rules are the same as in the male game and normally we play two halves of 40 minutes each. However, on this occasion we are playing two 35 minute halves to fit in with the schedule on the day."
Women's rugby league is a fast, tough game - as anyone who has seen an Origin clash would agree.
It will be a curtain-raiser for the NRL game against the North Queensland Cowboys and the Jersey Flegg match against the North Sydney Bears.Kick off is at 3.30pm.
|Tuesday 17 th June '07|
|QLD RANGERS READY TO ROLL
THE QUEENSLAND Brolgas have named a new-look team to face New South Wales in the annual Nellie Doherty Cup at Penrith’s CUA Stadium on August 11.
Unbeaten since 1999 in interstate women’s matches, the Brolgas will go into the unknown with a fresh squad that does not include long-time skipper Karyn Murphy, nor stalwarts Stephanie Hancock, Tracey Thompson and Jaye Christensen.
Assuming the mantle of captain is fearless Ipswich Brothers lock Tahnee Norris, while last year’s fullback Teresa Anderson will step into the halfback role vacated by Murphy.
Norris achieved acclaim in the 2005 Nellie Doherty Cup by scoring a last-minute try similar to Mark Coyne’s famous Origin effort in 1994, lunging through tackles out wide and brushing the line with the tip of the ball for a tense 20-18 win.
The explosion of women’s league in the far north has been evidenced by the selection of four players from Cairns and one from Innisfail in this year’s squad.
The 2006 Nellie Doherty Cup squad included not one player from the Cairns region.
Among those to fly the flag for the northern stronghold will be veteran replacement Tania Davis, who at 34 was the best and fairest in the Cairns Women’s league in 2006.
Other notable selections include cult prop Leah ‘Mad Dog’ Williams, scorer of two tries in last year’s interstate match, as well as hooker Tooa Nanai, who also plays gaelic football.
The 2007 Nellie Doherty Cup will be played prior to the Round 22 NRL clash between the Penrith Panthers and North Queensland Cowboys.
Each of the team members has to raise $1000 for the trip and individual sponsorships are available for $100 and $300.
For further information regarding the team please contact Veronica White of the QWRL on 0430 172 987 or email@example.com
WOMEN'S RUGBY LEAGUE AT CAMPBELLTOWN
|Sunday 1 st July '07|
IF you go to today's women's rugby league game expecting a mild mannered affair you are going to be disappointed.
NSW Country will take on City and Orange's Melissa McFarlane and Amanda Ferguson said it will not be a game of touch football.
The Country girls plan to muscle up against their arch rivals in a game which will be used as a selection for the NSW side.
The Orange representatives said the game will be no place for "girly" girls.
"It's a very physical game," McFarlane said. "We've got a big, physical forward pack."
"And they're not going to be scared to make the big hits," Ferguson added.
There's sure to be plenty of fire in today's game as it is a rematch of the City versus Country game which was played in Parkes in 2005.
The Country girls came out on top then and both sides will field almost unchanged line-ups for this game.
The Country backs will be just as capable as their big-hitting forwards with many of the players having played at a representative level in rugby union.
McFarlane said it is this familiarity which could pay dividends for Country in today's game.
"We're lucky within the team itself we've got little groups of people who are playing club footy together," she said.
Many of the Country players joined forces at the women's national championships in Queensland during the June long weekend where they played in the Western side.
This will be Ferguson's fifth game of league and she will play in the halves.
The 27-year-old, who has plenty of union experience, said getting back the 10 metres in defence will be her biggest challenge.
McFarlane, 26, has a few more league games under her belt and will play either on the wing or at fullback.
The game will kick off at 2pm at Norton Park.There will be a small charge for spectators and the canteen will be open.
|Wednesday 20 th June '07|
IT was a dismal day for the Kempsey Cannonballs, when they travelled to Coffs Harbour on Saturday, with losses in all three grades.
The inaugural Lady Cannonballs team took the field first, donning the Cannonballs colours for their first game and what an entertaining game it was.
The women were lead out by captain April Kerr through the tunnel of cheers from the boys.
Teyan Smith was the best of the Lady Cannonballs, her defence was strong and her attack was brilliant.
She made an awesome try saving tackle, when she tackled the opposition winger by the pony tail. A scene similar to a cartoon, with the Coffs player's legs still moving, but her body was heading downward in a hurry.
Imogen Perrin, ran the length of the field and into the history books to be the first lady to score a try for the Cannonballs.
The ball was sent wide to her and she evaded several tackles to run 80m to score.
The other highlight of the game was the combination of Gemma Hayes-Henley and Cheyell Gibson. Both players had huge games and their efforts were rewarded with Gibson, scoring a sensational try in the corner.
The girls were beaten 42–12, however the score was flattering to Coffs, whom without one player the game would have been closer. Their outside centre scored three tries and was outstanding.
The Brennan sisters Shellie and Katie had great games. Shellie's defence was unbelievable and made some spine tingling tackles, while Katie tackled around the legs and spread the ball wide.
The girls will greatly benefit from the run and with some more experience, will be a huge success in the coming games. The Lady Cannonballs next game will be in Crescent Head on July 14.
Reserve grade bombed several opportunities in their 19–0 loss on the weekend.
Jason Bavister shined in a great individual display of attack and defence.
Fly half Troy Crilley had a solid game, while Tim Roberts and Chris Hunter, were very energetic.
First grade were simply out classed in their 50-0 defeat against the team running second in the competition.
Coffs Harbour's mobile pack and fast backline dominated the game for the entire 80 minutes.
Having 90 per cent of possession, made it very difficult for the Cannonballs.
The Cannonballs have not scored a point in two games, which is a huge concern, to the Club management.
Despite having the entire backline out injured, they did have several opportunities to do so.
Breaks were made by Scott Edwards and Kale Waters and both looked certain to score in separate occasions however, the final passes were failed to connect.
Edwards was again the best on field. His efforts this year have been unbelievable.
He led the way in both attack and defence and even in a scrap. Edwards won the battle in a small incident, started by himself and landed several facial hits to his opponent. He also out ran a winger to save a try.
Shannon Jones wasn't far behind Edwards his defence was superb. Launching his body in to tackles, he made several big hits that knocked the wind out the Coffs players.
It is pleasing to report Brody Clarke had a terrific game and has found form.
The tight head prop had his best game for the season, making several crucial tackles and his strength in attack made valuable meters.
Glenn Kerr and Bill Yabsley shared a point each for their defensive efforts.First grade has the bye this weekend, while reserve grade play at home against Bowraville.
Ready to rumble: Cairns rugby league team members Natasha Manai, Leisyle Blanco, Heather Ballinger, Justine Lucas, Suzanne Johnson and vice-captain Alisha Creed are focused on this weekend's state titles in Cairns.
Ready to rumble: Cairns rugby league team members Natasha Manai, Leisyle Blanco, Heather Ballinger, Justine Lucas, Suzanne Johnson and vice-captain Alisha Creed are focused on this weekend's state titles in Cairns.
CAIRNS women's rugby league coach Jim Garcia hopes an end-of-season series against Brisbane last year has given his players a head start for this weekend's state titles in Cairns.
Cairns and Brisbane are the frontrunners for the Smithfield Electrics Veronica White Cup at the weekend and while Brisbane dominated Cairns last season, Garcia hopes his players may be bridging the gap.
"We should be stronger than last time we played them," Garcia said after losing both matches in last October’s series. On our home ground, I hope we go a little better this time."
A lack of match fitness was the main problem for Cairns last year with Brisbane running over the top of the Dolphins in the last 20 minutes of both matches after tightly contested opening stages.
But several of the tourists returned to training straight after the series and Garcia is expecting a closer clash this time. "Definitely the goal is to make the final," he said.
"We’re not going out there to lose but realistically an improvement on the game last year (would be good). If we can narrow the gap between us and Brisbane, I’d rate that a success."
But Garcia does not expect to just lob in the final and has been telling his players not to expect "a walk in the park", especially after hearing reports of skilful Torres Strait side Neguam.
"I expect that game to be good. We’ve got to be on our game," he said. "If your defence isn’t doing the right things, they’ll find a weakness."
A Queensland merit team will be named after Sunday’s Grand Final at the Ivanhoes grounds at Smithfield.
Meanwhile, a girls’ rugby league gala day will be held at the Mann St junior league grounds today with clinics for those aged 13-18. Girls are able to play in mixed junior competition until they turn 13 but are then turned away from the sport, with players ineligible to enter the open ranks until the age of 17.
WOMEN HIT THE TROPICS
THE inaugural Smithfield Electrics Queensland Women’s Rugby League Championships will add to a bumper weekend for the ‘Greatest Game of All’, with three days of activities planned in Cairns.
Beginning with a Girls Gala Day, Coaching Course and a Mums in League function this Friday, May 4, the Championships will serve a dual purpose to promote female rugby league and assist selection for this year’s Queensland Women’s team.
When play gets underway on Saturday, May 5, four teams – Brisbane, Cairns, Neguam (Torres Strait) and Innisfail – will vie for the title as State Champions.
Each team has its own particular strength, with Brisbane a cohesive unit carrying a proud history, Cairns boasting the greatest depth in the QWRL, Neguam exhibiting plenty of speed and size and Innisfail entering as an unknown darkhorse.
To win, the champion side will have to survive a gruelling schedule which puts the NRL to shame. Indeed, the two teams which contest the final on Sunday May 6 at Ivanhoes RLFC will have played four games each in less than 36 hours.
Among those set to put their body through the rigours is Brisbane’s Veronica White, a 35-year-old Department of Corrective Service worker and life member of the QWRL who is coming out of retirement for the competition.
A Queensland Merit team will be selected from the Championships, forming the basis of selection for the Queensland Brolgas representative team.
The Brolgas take on New South Wales in Sydney in July, aiming to maintain the coveted Nellie Doherty Cup. Queensland has been unbeaten in interstate women's clashes since 1999.
Brolgas coach Karen Stuart will be among the instructors at a special Level 1 Coaching Course to be held at Barlow Park on Friday.
Smithfield Electrics QWRL Championships Schedule
FRI May 4 11.30am-3.30pm Girls Gala Day Cairns JRLFC, Mann St
SAT May 5 11.00am Opening Ceremony Cairns JRLFC, Mann St
SUN May 6 10.30am Cairns v Innisfail Cairns JRLFC, Mann St
** For further information on the Championships please contact either QWRL Secretary Veronica White on 0430 172 987, QRL Development Officer Peter Narducci on 0409 554 844 or ARL Development Officer Tony Quinn on 0402 892 834.**