Quirke keen to see women thrive in league of their own Tammy’s gala day

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - MICHAEL THOMP­SON

GROW­ING the game of women’s rugby league has be­come a labour of love for Townsville and Dis­tricts Rugby League vol­un­teer co- or­di­na­tor Tammy Quirke.

The long- time footy fan is pulling the strings be­hind to­mor­row’s women’s rugby league gala day at the Townsville Dis­trict Ju­nior Rugby League fields, where lo­cal play­ers will be able to reg­is­ter for un­der 14, un­der 16 and open fe­male com­pe­ti­tions.

Women’s rugby league has made big strides in re­cent years, cul­mi­nat­ing in this year’s in­au­gu­ral women’s NRL pre­mier­ship, and it’s peo­ple like Quirke who are fu­elling the move­ment.

“Rugby league has its own knack of the bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether, and I think that’s why I love the game so much,” Quirke said.

“I’ve been a vol­un­teer with lo­cal league for three years and been in­volved in the sport for a long time.

“It was when I was made aware of our ( women’s) Townsville Stingers team my in­ter­est in women’s rugby league re­ally grew, and I wanted to be a part of it.

“The tal­ent we have in our re­gion is phe­nom­e­nal and we have a good group of vol­un­teers who are mak­ing the women’s ev­ery year.”

Quirke is in­volved in many ar­eas of lo­cal league, from vol­un­teer­ing to team man­age­ment, and is as pas­sion­ate as league fans come.

Which is why she be­lieves strongly in the abil­ity for lo­cal play­ers to make their way into women’s NRL.

“I re­ally do think there is a strong path­way for them,” she said.

“There’s def­i­nitely been strong talk about the Cowboys hav­ing a women’s NRL team in the next year or two, and we al­ready have North Queens­land girls like Jenni- Sue Hoep­per and Renae Kunst who have gone on to play for the Jil­la­roos.

“They will be here at the gala day on Sun­day and I’m sure they are giv­ing our girls plenty of in­spi­ra­tion.”

To­mor­row’s women’s rugby league gala day is from 9am to 1pm. game grow big­ger

DE­VOTED: Townsville rugby league vol­un­teer co- or­di­na­tor Tammy Quirke is pas­sion­ate about grow­ing the women’s game. Pic­ture: ALIX SWEENEY

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