LEAGUE FANATICS: Laila Riley, Mia Ammenhauser, Madisyn Kettle and Meah Riley are all keen to play rugby league.
LEAGUE FANATICS: Laila Riley, Mia Ammenhauser, Madisyn Kettle and Meah Riley are all keen to play rugby league. Nicole Zurcas

Push for tackle game for girls in Warwick and district footy

RUGBY LEAGUE: Four Eastern Suburbs Junior Rugby League players are ready for the possible introduction of a girls competition in the Warwick and District Junior Rugby League.

Currently girls can play in boys teams up to the under-12 grade, then U14 and U17 leaguetag, which is rugby league without tackling.

Madisyn Kettle and Mia Ammenhauser played U12 rugby league this year but will be too old for the grade next year.

It is music to their ears of the Suburbs girls that there could be an U14 WDJRL girls rugby league competition in 2019.

Madisyn is a prop and said she liked taking the ball up in attack but especially liked tackling.

Mia played for Cunnamulla in the zone 5 U43kg carnival in Warwick this season and won the sportsmanship award for the carnival.

"I want to play tackle and one day would like to play for a Warwick Cowboys girls team in the Toowoomba league,” she said.

Meah Riley played U14 leaguetag this season but really wants to play tackle.

"I played one game of under-12 tackle with the boys,” she said.

Laila Riley played in the rugby league competition this season and said it was fun to tackle.

Mia's mother Nikki Rigney is hoping that a women's rugby league competition could be played in the Toowoomba Rugby League in the wake of the success of the inaugural NRLW.

Rigney coached the Eastern Suburbs under-14 boys team to the preliminary final this season.

"Hopefully, there could be a competition in junior league for the girls by next season,” she said.

"It has been awesome to see the success of the women's competition in the NRL.”

Collegians president Deb Scanlan was 100 per cent behind a move for more girls rugby league.

"The best way is starting with the juniors and there is already a move to have an under-14 girls rugby league competition in the WDJRL next season,” Scanlan said.

"I have heard some men say they are watching the women's NRL in preference to the men's, which is huge.”

Goondiwindi junior president Alison Bishop said any engagement in physical activity for girls was a plus.

"We had a high uptake at a girls' tackling clinic this season. there could be girls' carnival days in the WDJRL,” Bishop said.



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