League dream ahead of bubs

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - FIONA BOLLEN

STAR Jil­la­roos se­cond- rower Kezie Apps says she is putting off start­ing a fam­ily in the hope she will be able to play in a na­tional women’s rugby league com­pe­ti­tion.

The NRL has worked on grow­ing the women’s game from the bot­tom up and re­fuses to rush into an elite level league.

But Apps is op­ti­mistic the women’s World Cup at the end of the year will bring for­ward se­ri­ous talks of a for­malised na­tional women’s com­pe­ti­tion.

Sac­ri­fice has never been an is­sue for Apps, who made six- hour trips from her home­town of Bega to play in Wol­lon­gong.

Apps has been with her fi­ance Craig Dunham for 11 years and en­gaged for four. At 26, she is ready to shelve baby plans to be part of a na­tional league.

“I re­ally want to hold off. I’m get­ting old, I’m 26. It’s hard for fe­males. I want to have kids and start a fam­ily,” Apps said.

She said the women’s World Cup, which starts on Novem­ber 16, would be a chance to show­case how far the women’s game has come and make a pro­fes­sional com­pe­ti­tion a re­al­is­tic op­tion.

HOLY GRAIL: Aus­tralian Jil­la­roos Kezie Apps and Ruan Sims hold the World Cup at Wanda Beach, Cronulla, 100 days out from the pres­ti­gious tour­na­ment.

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