The Girls Impress the Best!
South East Queensland hosted the Broncos School Girls Challenge last Friday 17th October at Petersen Rd, Morayfield. With a total of 15 teams representing 18 schools across the South East and Central Queensland the day was jammed pack full of Rugby League for the girls.
The day was designed to provide playing opportunities for all abilities and age levels. The emphasis on the day wasn’t about winning or what individual stood out, it was about giving the girls an opportunity to play in a safe, modified environment in which their skills levels can be increase. On offer to the girls was a 14’s, 16’s and Opens division where all teams had the opportunity to play in a round robin format.
Merrimac SHS were divisional winners in both Opens and 16’s, however, the Under 14’s division was played under a non-competitive format focused on skill development.
Jillaroos World Cup Champion Steph Hancock and Coach Paul Dyer were on site to meet the schoolgirls and watch the games. In addition, Jazmyn Taumafai, local Beerwah player and (who played Secondary School Rugby League only a few years ago) QLD representative and Jillaroos Squad member was at the event to watch the action and present the awards. The QLD Murrin Womens Rugby League team also visited the event in the lead up to their game last Saturday v Qld Maori Womens Rugby League.
Many of the elite Representative female players who attended and supported the event made comments about the high level of skills on show by the school girl’s teams.
The NRL would like to congratulate and thank the following schools on their involvement in the 2014 Broncos School Girls Challenge as well as their continuing support of female participation:
Merrimac SHS, Ipswich SHS, Bremer SHS, Caboolture SHS, Springfield Central SHS, Wavell SHS, Yeppoon SHS, Emu Park State School, St Peter Claver, Tullawong SHS, Mt Maria, Pine Rivers SHS, Bray Park SHS, Murrumba State Secondary College, Park Ridge SHS, Bundamba SHS, Mitchell SHS and Roma SHS.