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Cowboys Schoolgirls Challenge wrap

Ben Jeffries - NRL Development

Kirwan SHS schoolgirls
Girls from Kirwan SHS at the Cowboys Schoolgirls Challenge.

The 2017 Cowboys Schoolgirls Challenge was staged at Townville’s Centrals Tigers ASA Junior Rugby last month, with a great display of rugby league put on by the young players.

Held on Friday, October 20; the annual carnival saw 20 teams take part in the Under 12, Under 14 and Under 16 age groups.

Bowen SHS / Proserpine SHS / Northern Beaches SHS

Overall, 250 schoolgirls from all across North Queensland – including Tagai Island State College, Mt Isa’s Good Shepherd Catholic College and Bowen SHS – competed at the newly renovated fields.

The respective winners of the day were:

Under 16: Kirwan State High School
Under 14: Kirwan State High School
Under 12: Atherton SS (Tablelands Combined)

This carnival has encouraged Townsville and District Junior Rugby League to form a girls sub-committee leading into the 2018 season where they anticipate to see a regular season up and running in the Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 age divisions.

This year’s Cowboys Schoolgirls Challenge day was a fantastic group effort from the North Queensland NRL Development Team combined with Keeown Rawnsley (Female Participation Coordinator, Queensland) and Jenni-Sue Hoepper (QRL Women’s Representative player and NRL Ambassador). 

Heatley Secondary College