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