Four women's teams from across Central Queensland will battle it out over two days for supremacy at the Schwarz Excavations Nines at Browne Park on the 25th and 26th February. Here's how we see it shaping up........
TRIPLE M WOMEN'S CHALLENGE
Emu Park Emus
The Emu Park Emus will head into the Nines this year full of confidence and led by their Indigenous All Stars representative Sarah Field (pictured right). Field is resting a sore back and ankle from the part she played in a very physical women’s All-Star match. Other players to watch include their speedy outside back Lauren Moss, barnstorming forward Kaitlyn Moss who returns from an extended injury layoff, their crafty playmaker Tashina Ketchup and lightning quick Nicole Collins, who will most likely line up at fullback for the Emus.
Norths Chargers Women’s Coach Ben Ardley says he will treat the Nines as a good trial for the upcoming season. After finishing 5th out of 6th in the 2016 local women’s competition the Norths women’s side is looking for a big 2017 season to climb the table. Ardley is looking forward to seeing new acquisitions Carlyn Donaldson (back-row), Skye Alberts (hooker/halves) and Gracie Pope (hooker) go around in the nines and he is confident they will add some value to the team. Centre Rhiannon Parsons and Mikayla Roe will also be players to watch with their tackle-break ability on the edges.
Coach Trent White should be confident heading into the Triple M Women’s Challenge at this year’s Nines. The Blackwater side plays in one of the strongest women’s competitions in Queensland out in the Central Highlands and the girls are sure to be experienced and fit and raring to go for a shot at the title. Club stalwart Dion Callanan named prop forward Tashia Anthony a player to watch. Halves Miranda Baker and Olivia Hamilton will also form a lethal combination that will steer the team around the park. Mariah Storch is maybe the team’s most valuable player with her skill and versatility sure to be a plus for the Blackwater women’s side.
It’s going to be a baptism of fire for the Rockhampton Brothers girls when they hit the field at the nines. What the team lacks in rugby league experience they will no doubt make up for in skill, speed and enthusiasm. Under the expert tutelage of NRL GDO Dominic Draper the girls have been in training for some time specifically for the nines. Draper has highlighted cross-code convert Meagan Rickerts, Hannah Burke who is sister of Rocky Brothers 5/8th Ryan Burke and Riki Richards as players to look out for in the Nines.
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