THE Gold Coast High School’s “girls only” rugby league team hit the road yesterday to take part in a Western League tour of the state.
Joined by members of the current Australian Women’s Rugby League Team the Jillaroos, the girls are making their way to Roma and will stop by a number of places along the way to play some matches.
They will call into Harristown State High School, Wilsonton State High School, Pittsworth, Oakey and Dalby to visit other girls that play rugby league and will play teams from Roma, Mitchell, Wallumbilla, Miles and Chinchilla.
Joining them on tour is Queensland, Australian and All Star representative Tegan Rolfe.
Rolfe played her first game of rugby league in 2010 and said she was “thrilled” girls in high school were getting a chance to play “the best game in the world”.
Current All Star Karina Brown made the switch from touch to tackle for a new challenge in 2007 and has never looked back.
“I have played for Queensland and now been an All Star but my goal is to represent Australia in the next World Cup,” Brown said.
David McColl from Merrimac State High School jumped at the chance to make the trip out west with his girls Rugby League team.
“Most of these girls have never left the Coast, so I am keen for them to see country Queensland,” he said.
This three-day tour is being supported by the NRMA Insurance Broncos.
It is hoped this tour will continue to grow the pathway for girls playing rugby league under the direction of ARL Development’s Female Participation Development Officer Jo Breakspear.