SCHOOL GIRLS STAND OUT
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.”
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.