GIRLS’ GAME TOO: Darling Downs Reds player Indiah Loy from Texas trains with White team players Ellee Bowen (Goondiwindi), Elouise Close-Bond and Kira Etherington (both Warwick Central) at the Queensland 12 years and under Girls Rugby League Carnival yesterday.
GIRLS’ GAME TOO: Darling Downs Reds player Indiah Loy from Texas trains with White team players Ellee Bowen (Goondiwindi), Elouise Close-Bond and Kira Etherington (both Warwick Central) at the Queensland 12 years and under Girls Rugby League Carnival yesterday. Jayden Brown

Girls in league of their own

IT WAS all about the girls at the weekend, as some of our finest local girls' rugby league players took to the field for the Queensland 12 years and under Girls Rugby League Carnival.

Hosted by Eastern Suburbs, the event was the first carnival of its kind ever held.

A number of girls from Warwick, Stanthorpe, Allora, Goondiwindi and Texas were selected to play for the two Darling Downs teams - the Reds and the Whites.

Among them was Elle Bowen from Goondiwindi, who qualified for a second consecutive year.

"I qualified for Darling Downs last year," she said.

"We girls want to prove we can be whatever we want to be."

Playing alongside Elle on the White team was Elouise Close-Bond from Warwick Central State School.

"I used to play for Suburbs," she said.

"I was happy I was chosen for Darling Downs."

Playing for the Red team, which had a strong start to the carnival, was Texas State School student Indiah Loy.

"I train with our local rugby league and oz tag team," she said.

"We want to prove that we can play too. Girls should get in and give it a go."

Getting in and giving it a go was definitely a theme for the weekend for the girls.

Darling Downs White team coach Stephen Shoebridge said the girls' game picked up yesterday, after a slow start to the weekend.

"We started slow and weren't as prepared as we should have been," he said.

"It turned out really well in the end - we were playing and running the ball well."

Action in the finals continues today from 9am, with the grand final at 10.45am.



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