Brothers senior women’s rugby league player Kady Tinker sprints to the try line in the victory against Across The Waves.
Brothers senior women’s rugby league player Kady Tinker sprints to the try line in the victory against Across The Waves. Gary Hutchison

Women have dream league season

Even Leonie Stables, with all her confidence and optimism, did not expect this sort of success in the BWRL debut season.

Massive crowds adopted teams and players as their own.

Gut-busting running and some amazing skill and speed was unearthed and the level of courage and determination displayed by all women in their new sport was beyond belief.

“We had a few injuries in the back end of the year,” BWRL co-creator Stables said. “The girls were all upset though, because they wanted to keep playing footy.”

“It gave me goosebumps watching the girls run out there each week with proper uniforms and real refs.”

She said any doubts they would not be accepted into the Bundaberg league community were quickly erased, before a tackle had been made.

“Doing pre-season raffles we were constantly bailed up by the old league guys and all of them were just so happy with what we were doing,” Stables said.

“The BRL was so open to us and the crowds really got behind us.”

The length of next season's BWRL will depend on the availability of fields and timeslots.

“I'd obviously love to see it as big as possible, but we can't be pushing people out. We'll just have to go with the flow and see what we can arrange next year,” she said.

She left with one parting message for her new biggest fans.

“You are all the bravest women I've ever seen and it was a pleasure to watch this year.”

Meanwhile positions are now filling for this year's QRL Girls Camp.

The camp provides a great rugby league experience for girls aged 11 to 18.

The cost includes accommodation and meals and professional coaching from QRL and ARL staff.

Participants take home a league pack (bag, football, hat, water bottle, training shirt) and will also receive the latest tips in key areas including nutrition and gym basics.

The camp is designed to encourage girls to become involved in the great game of rugby league.

The Queensland women's side is the State's flagship team at senior level.

Queensland defeated NSW 36-6 in this year's interstate clash at Gympie's Albert Park to extend their decade of dominance over the Blues.

The camp will run from September 29 to October 1.

For more information contact development officer Belinda Sleeman on 3367 6000 or b.sleeman@qrl.com.au.



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