South­west footy girls show de­ter­mi­na­tion in Gold Coast

The Western Star - - News -

RUGBY LEAGUE: The next gen­er­a­tion of bush footy is in safe hands, as the girls of the south­west proudly showed at the 10–12 years state cham­pi­onships on the Gold Coast.

While they didn’t put any wins on the board dur­ing the four-day com­pe­ti­tion at the end of term three, all eyes were still on the out­back girls be­cause of their un­break­able team spirit and sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion.

“We came up against a lot of harder teams but had our best game against the Dar­ling Downs,” team man­ager Rachel Grif­fin said.

“Their im­prove­ment from the first game to their last was ab­so­lutely in­cred­i­ble over the four days.”

This is only the be­gin­ning for the group of girls, who come from Quilpie, Charlevill­e, Roma, St Ge­orge and Wan­doan.

Off the back of this car­ni­val, most of the girls could walk the path to higher-level rugby league com­pe­ti­tions in the fu­ture, ac­cord­ing to their man­ager.

“Our girls who won player of the match on the dif­fer­ent days had been nom­i­nated by the op­po­si­tion coaches and train­ers and Amelia O’Toole was named Play­ers’ Player,” Grif­fith said.

“There are a lot of eyes on these girls and a lot of of­fi­cials are look­ing at them and see­ing a lot of po­ten­tial to play in fu­ture league com­pe­ti­tions.”

A lot of of­fi­cials are look­ing at them and see­ing a lot of po­ten­tial.

— Rachel Grif­fin

Play­ers of the Match:

South West v Penin­sula: Em­mer­son Mitchell South West v Wide Bay: Mercedes An­der­son South West v Met East: Court­ney Joun­quay South West v Dar­ling Downs: Ava Wash­ing­ton Play­ers’ Player: Amelia O’Toole

PHOTO: DONNA ENDERS

JOB WELL DONE: The South West girls (10–12 years) rugby league squad at the state car­ni­val.

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