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RUGBY LEAGUE: Four weeks into the in­au­gu­ral Out­back Sec­ondary School­girls Chal­lenge, and Roma State Col­lege’s U17 girls have al­ready shown they are a force to be reckoned with.

So far they have taken out games against Charlevill­e and Cun­na­mulla this school term, and on Fri­day in round four, ral­lied to­gether for a 38-6 vic­tory over lo­cal ri­vals St John’s.

Coach and RSC teacher Amy Kramer be­lieves the girls’ suc­cess is down to ex­pe­ri­ence, with many of the girls tak­ing every op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved with rugby league.

“The girls have been in­volved in many com­pe­ti­tions through­out the year, but this is the first one that has been run through the schools,” Kramer said.

“I’ve been coach­ing some of these girls since Fe­bru­ary for com­pe­ti­tions and tri­als, and we have trav­elled around the re­gion to com­pete in the Adrian Vowles Cup in Charlevill­e, the South­ern Out­back Tri­als in Mitchell, the Arthur Beet­son Out­back Ju­nior Muster in Lon­greach, the Queens­land Out­back Com­pe­ti­tion in Coolum, and the Ali Brig­gin­shaw Shield here in Roma.

“Now this com­pe­ti­tion was de­signed to pro­vide even more op­por­tu­ni­ties for girls in our re­gion to par­tic­i­pate in rugby league.”

As they sit atop the lad­der, their coach is be­yond proud of their progress.

“They have im­proved greatly as in­di­vid­ual play­ers and as a team,” Kramer said.

“They are a won­der­ful group of girls who I have loved coach­ing and work­ing with; they are ded­i­cated and love the game and they rep­re­sent their schools with pride.

“There is a lot of tal­ent in this side, so you can prob­a­bly ex­pect them to be play­ing for the Bron­cos in a few years time.”

The school­girls’ com­pe­ti­tion has also made room for the un­der 14s, with sides from all schools, and two from St John’s; all of which has been made pos­si­ble by a ded­i­cated group of ed­u­ca­tors.

“This was founded by Bryce Holdsworth, the NRL Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Of­fi­cer for the south­west,” Kramer said.

“He had a cou­ple of us teach­ers go through coach­ing cour­ses, and we have all sup­ported the girls play­ing footy.

“We couldn't have done this with­out Bryce, or fel­low coach Mal McMil­lan, who has shared his ex­ten­sive knowl­edge.”

Pic­tures: Jorja McDon­nell

FU­TURE STARS: Darcey Pat­ter­son, Amy Heath, Heidi Dodd, Tanea Jones Dren­nen, An­nie Zellers, Jemma Jones, Made­lyn Jukes, An­to­nia Hendry-Ra­tima, Lily Up­ton, El­lie Wat­son (Su­rat State School) and Ge­orgie Phillips of the U17 RSC side.

Made­lyn Jukes kicks RSC’s first con­ver­sion of the game.

St John’s U17 kick off their game against RSC.

An­to­nia Hendry-Ra­tima faces off with St John’s de­fence

St John’s U14 sides were all smiles af­ter their game.

St John’s play­ers faced off with their class­mates in round four.

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