Isis women’s first match for the season
AS THE Isis Devils women’s team played its first match as a club on Sunday, the team’s captain took a moment to savour the occasion.
An 18-month plan to field a women’s team was completed when the players took on Eastern Suburbs in the second round of the Bundaberg Rugby League competition at Childers.
While the 40-12 result didn’t go their way, they knew they had a win just by being out there.
Captain Jessica Neil said it had taken a lot of hard work and fighting against the odds to make it.
“A lot of people have snubbed me by saying ‘no, you’ll never get a team in Childers’,” she said.
“Through hard work from Sheree Jewess, myself, and others we were able to prove them wrong.”
The biggest challenge for the team was finding players.
With the BRL threatening to close the overall competition if Isis didn’t field a team Neil said it was good to get everything over the line.
“I made plenty of trips to Maryborough to convince a few girls to play for us,” Neil said.
“We also got a couple playing from Brothers, with other women saying they can play as well.”
The former Easts player, who played against the team for the first time in a competitive match, added she created the team for the Childers community.
“I live in Childers and I wanted to do the right thing for my family by playing locally,” she said.
“Before the match I said a little speech to the team and got teary as there would be no club without their support.”
Looking ahead to the rest of the season, Neil said the team had no expectations.
“I just want the girls to stay committed and improve the bond between us over the season,” she said.
“By the end of the season we will show we won’t be the easy beats in the competition.”
Neil thanked team manager Ray Dilger, Simon Riccardi, and everyone who had supported the players as they start their life as a club.
They will face Past Brothers this weekend at Salter Oval.
Jessica Neil I made plenty of trips to Maryborough to convince a few girls to play for us.
FIND A GAP: Sophie Fisher looks for a way through for Isis in the Women's Rugby game at Childers Showground.