Young footy stars raise the bar for bush

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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.

PHOTO: MOLLY HAN­COCK

READY: The U15 south­west rugby league play­ers look for­ward to the In­vi­ta­tional State Ti­tles.

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