Young footy stars raise the bar for bush
RUGBY LEAGUE: In a series of trials at Roma State Middle Campus School, 19 girls were selected to represent the southwest in the under-15 rugby league side.
After a record number of nine injuries in the lead-up to last year’s state titles, coach Brad Lines emphasised the need for all the girls in the team to take extra care until they play.
“Today we selected
19 girls to be part of the U15 Southwest Rugby League side that will go to Maroochydore on August 17 for the Schools Invitational State Titles,” he said.
“Looking at the trials today, the girls will most likely perform better than last year because last year we lost about nine players to injury between the trials and the game.
“Hopefully this year we will keep all the girls wrapped in cotton wool,” Lines joked.
This year five girls from Chinchilla and two from Miles were selected in the U15 side and three from Chinchilla in the U12 side.
Tanaisha Bradley, from Chinchilla, and Pania Cash, from Roma, saw the opportunity as another step to help them reach their dream of making a career from rugby league.
“I actually met the Australian team and meeting my idol helped me realise that I do want a career in footy and I will aspire to do that,” Tanaisha said.
“I also want to pursue a career in rugby league and became involved with it through my brother, who has played for ages,” Pania said.
In the U12 girls’ team, coach Phil Coleman said he believed the level of play by the girls had increased greatly.
“There have been more girls at this year’s trials but the main improvement is the standard of footy being played. They were all really good,” Coleman said.
READY: The U15 southwest rugby league players look forward to the Invitational State Titles.