Awards Season Beckons for Jillaroo Murphy

SHE may have hung up her boots following Souths Logans fifth straight premiership win earlier this month but the rugby league season has not quite finished yet for Karyn Murphy.


The Magpies, All Stars, Queensland and Australian Jillaroos skipper has had a fairytale finish to her playing career captaining all four teams to trophies this year and this week she will also be representing the womens game at this years NRL grand final celebrations.


I could not have asked for a better year starting with the All Stars win and then 15 yrs in a row winning for Queensland, Murphy said of her final season on the field.


This was followed by World Cup preparations and to win our first ever World Cup against New Zealand in England was something I will never forget.


And then to finish with our fifth straight premiership with my club Souths Logan just made the year even more special.


As well as being nominated for a Harvey Norman Women in League award in tonights Rugby League One Community Awards Murphy will also be a part of the Dally M awards being held at The Star tomorrow night.


I found out a couple of weeks ago about the Dally M. I will be presenting an award on the night and also answering a few questions, Murphy said.


It is a huge honour to represent womens rugby league at such a huge event and hopefully this will be the start of women having a representation there for years to come.


In my time of playing, I have never seen such interest in the womens game and the media coverage has been fantastic.


There is so much more public awareness as a result and there is also such potential for the womens game to continue to grow.


Speaking about her Women in League award nomination (which fellow Queenslander Charmain Acton has also been nominated) Murphy again sees herself as representing the wider womens game.


Again I feel as if I am representing all of the girls at this event and I am very fortunate to have received this nomination in what has been an amazing year for the Jillaroos, she said.


As for what the future holds, Murphy will take a break before deciding what her future involvement in the game will be.


I really don't know what the future holds for me with rugby league, Murphy said.


It has been a massive part of my life and I love the game, so I am hoping to stay involved in some capacity.


Whatever her role, she will continue to be an inspiration to the next generation of female players.


Other Queensland RLOC Award nominees:


Finalists for National Volunteer of the Year Award: http://www.nrl.com/finalists-for-volunteer-of-the-year-award/tabid/10874/newsid/74215/default.aspx


Yarrabah Nominated for Grassroots Club of the Year:

http://www.qrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=82375&title=yarrabah-nominated-for-grassroots-club-of-the-year


Queenslanders in Line for Teacher of the Year Awards: http://www.qrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=84011&title=queenslanders-in-line-for-teacher-of-the-year-awards


Merrimac Teacher up for Service to the Community Award: http://www.qrl.com.au/default.aspx?s=article-display&id=85052&title=merrimac-teacher-up-for-serivce-to-the-community-award


Finalists named for AAMI Refereeing Award: http://www.nrl.com/finalists-named-for-aami-refereeing-award/tabid/10874/newsid/73990/default.aspx