Women’s rugby league is one of the fastest growing sports in Australia for females and it will be great to see the girls battle it out at the Team McMillan Nines this weekend at Browne Park. Make sure you are there on Saturday and Sunday to check out all the action! We’ve run the rule over the three teams competing…….
Coach: Ben Ardley
Trial Form: Nil
Players to Watch: Miranda Baker – (Halfback)
Francis Bulli – (Centre)
Danielle Appo – (Five-eighth)
The Preview: The Norths girls are a new team and the girls have had great numbers to training sessions with regular numbers in the 20s. This will mean some tough decisions this week for Coach Ben Ardley to narrow the numbers down to the 18-woman squad allowed for the Nines.
Our Tip: While the Norths numbers have been great, without any recognised trials and coming in as a new team it will be a tough ask for them to take it out. Won’t surprise if they make a Grand-final appearance but might just be a year early for this squad.
Coach: Coach Frank
Trial Form: 2-point loss to Cherbourg women in late 2015
Players to Watch: Jeannie Miller – with speed to burn Jeanie is sure to be the fastest woman in the carnival. Give her space and she is gone. Real X-Factor.
Llona Richards - a former Yarrabah playing with handy skills out of the dummy-half position.
Sefija Huskic - Great mobile forward to look for!
The Preview: The Woorabinda Women’s side have had a chequered lead-up to the Nines. After nominating the side withdrew with due to fitness concerns, but have since re-entered the competition after strong turn-ups to training. This side is sure to provide plenty of entertainment with big hits and a free-flowing style of play Woorabinda is renowned for.
Our Tip: Woorabinda women’s are a real wildcard in every sense. Not a lot is known outside of Woori about the line-up of players that will take the field this weekend at Browne Park. There is no doubt this side will be one of the most entertaining and physical of any side (men’s or women’s) playing at the Team McMillan Nines. Sure to bring the crowds in. Not sure they can seal the deal with a win but they’ll give it a great shake!
Emu Park Emus
Coach: Cedric Auda
Trial Form: The Emu Park Emus have some hot trial form taking out the the Bluff Nines a few weeks ago. In the process they beat some really strong CH sides including Dysart, Clermont Bears and Blackwater. Anyone who knows the strength of the CH women’s comp knows this is strong form.
Players to Watch:Sarah Field – a young half with supreme talent, Sarah Field is a player headed for higher honours in the women’s game. A true ball-playing half with a good running game and smart kicking game.
Emilia Mackay – playing in the Second-Row, former Capras player Emilia Mackay brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Emus team.
The Preview: Emu Park Emus tick a lot of boxes. Experience and youth. Tick! Good trial form. Tick! The only question mark might be some mail out of the camp that a few players are struggling to recover from injuries from the Bluff Nines.
Our Tip: Raging hot favourites. Everything points to an Emus victory in the CQID Women’s Challenge. It won’t be handed to them on a platter though with strong challenges from Woorabinda and Norths. Still Emu Park Emus are our tip for the win!
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