Joelle Natividad and Laura Donn are the first girls from Warwick to make a junior rugby league representative side for the state championships.
Joelle Natividad and Laura Donn are the first girls from Warwick to make a junior rugby league representative side for the state championships. Michael Cormack

Star pair to tackle state championship

RUGBY LEAGUE: As the oldest girl in a family of six children, Laura Donn has had plenty of tackling practice with three older brothers and one younger brother in the backyard.

She will be on the plane to Cairns on June 30 with fellow Warwick player Joelle Natividad for the inaugural Queensland Rugby League under-16 girls state championships.

They are the first two from the Warwick area to play girls representative junior rugby league. Laura (Warwick High) and Joelle (Assumption) played in the backs for the combined Warwick and District/Roma team in a selection trial against Toowoomba in Chinchilla.

Both have played their first serious rugby league this season. "It has been good practice playing with the boys in the backyard and the girls footy at school," Laura said. "I am in to my hockey but a teacher mentioned rugby league to me and I decided to have a go."

Joelle has a dream to play college sport and go to university in America and making the Mustangs girls side has boosted her sports profile even further.

She enjoys the aggression of rugby league and is hoping to play centre in the state championships in Cairns.

Her goal is to make the Queensland team.

Joelle is the youngest member of the Mustangs team and makes no apologies for being a passionate Brisbane Broncos' supporter. She has already played softball for Darling Downs and is part of the Redlands club which she will represent at this year's state championships.

She has won her past two age championships in athletics at Assumption College.

The team will have two training runs before leaving for Cairns and will then train for three days in Cairns before the championships



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