GIRLS SMASH LEAGUE

St Ge­orge girls to play the best

Balonne Beacon - - FRONT PAGE - Joshua Macree joshua.macree@west­ern­starnews.com

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.”

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

JETSETTING: Madi­son Spack­man and Reeghyn Beard­more will travel to the United Kin­dom in Oc­to­ber to com­pete against top-class women's rugby league teams.

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