GIRLS SMASH LEAGUE
St George girls to play the best
St George products Madison Spackman and Reeghyn Beardmore will take on the best female rugby league players the United Kingdom has to offer after being selected to play in three tour matches in England and Scotland later in October.
The girls, who are regulars in the Toowoomba Fillies A grade side have already tasted their first international success having travelled across the ditch with their Fillies coach David MacColl.
“I’ve taken Reeghyn and Madison on a couple of tours - they’ve been to New Zealand already where we played the kiwis and came back victorious,” Mr MacColl said.
After the Scottish national coach - a friend of Mr MacColl’s - raised the possibility of a tour to the United Kingdom, the wheels were set in motion with Reeghyn and Madison the first to be picked in the squad of 30.
“I take players over there so they get early experience and can gain more later in their careers,” Mr MacColl said.
“I’ve known Madison and Reeghyn for the last four years and they’ve always been a part of my rugby league program and when I spot talent, I chase it”
“Girls out in the country don’t get the opportunity to play against the city sides because the school numbers are pretty small out there and not many girls play rugby league - so they were the first two girls that I asked.”
Madison and Reeghyn will be the youngest players on the tour, which is exactly while they’ll have the most to gain, according to Mr MacColl.
“I’m sure they’ll benefit from all the experience they’ll gain while over there and the coach of the Scottish team has even offered to accommodate any players who might want to stay in Leeds - where he coaches for a season,” he said.
Mr MacColl both girls have demonstrated enormous potential with Reeghyn in particular having shown strong promise during her time at the Fillies.
“The good thing about Reeghyn is her versatility,” he said.
“She could play anywhere I told her to play from front row to fullback - she’d go in and fill that spot and just do a great job.
“She’s just been picked I hear to go down to the NRL elite squad for girls which is the stepping stone to move into the NRL women’s competition.
“I’m sure when Madison gets back on track and gets a bit of rehab on her knee she’ll have the ability too.”
JETSETTING: Madison Spackman and Reeghyn Beardmore will travel to the United Kindom in October to compete against top-class women's rugby league teams.