Isis women’s first match for the sea­son

Isis Town and Country - - Sport - By SHANE JONES SPORTS REPORTER

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.

PHOTO: PAUL DON­ALD­SON

FIND A GAP: So­phie Fisher looks for a way through for Isis in the Women's Rugby game at Childers Show­ground.

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