State league dreams carry on for Southern Downs player
RUGBY LEAGUE: One best forward award win for the Toowoomba Valleys Fillies has given Killarney footballer Nicole Weier hope she will be able to push for a spot in the Queensland team one day.
Weier played leaguetag for the Killarney Cutters in 2015 and won the Cutters club person of the year award in 2014.
Keen to play rugby league, Weier joined the Toowoomba Fillies squad which now plays under the banner of the Toowoomba Valleys Roosters Fillies in the Brisbane competition.
She first played for the Fillies in 2016 and won the best forward award in 2017 before playing only four games last season due to a back injury.
Weier said one of her favourite moments in rugby league was playing in a Murri rugby league carnival at Redcliffe.
She went on tour to England as part of the Fillies squad at the end of the 2018 season but did not play in either of the tour games as the back injury flared up at training.
She and partner Josh Robinson are relocating from Toowoomba to Brisbane this week, where she will work in child care.
"I am going to take this season off to settle down in Brisbane,” Weier said.
As for the 2020 season, Weier is aiming to return to club footy in Brisbane and go for state selection.
In the 2018 season she played for the Western Mustangs in selection trials along with fellow Killarney forward Stephanie Hancock.
"Stephanie was in the front row and I was in the second row,” she said.
"It was one of my career highs to play with Stephanie and I try to watch many of her games.
"Rugby league enables me to keep fit and meet new people.”
After playing for the Mustangs this season, Weier needed to be selected for the Central Crows and then go to the final selection carnival for the state team.
At age 22, she believes she has time on her side to make the selectors take notice and wear the maroon of Queensland.
Not only does Weier enjoy the chance to play, she is also an avid watcher of women's rugby league.
"I watched the World Cup final which Australia won in Brisbane late in 2017,” she said.
Her favourite number with the Fillies was prop, No.10, but she also played as No.12, second row.
In three years of rugby league, Weier has had only one injury, the back injury that prevented her playing on tour late last year.