QUEENSLAND are gearing up for the Women’s Interstate Challenge against New South Wales which will kick-off at 3.30pm this Saturday, July 19, at Leichhardt Oval.

This match will also serve as a selection game for the Australian Jillaroos squad, who will play against New Zealand in Wollongong in November as part of the Four Nations tournament.

Although Queensland has won the past 15 encounters, head coach Brad Donald is adamant that the team is focussing on this weekend’s game, rather than their winning streak.

“Last year, I think the girls wanted to keep the record so we panicked a bit in the first half of our last encounter and didn’t play particularly well,” Donald said.

“In the second half we got back to playing footy, so it’s important that we show composure and start much stronger on Saturday.”

The Queensland team came into camp on Tuesday morning, coming into the Queensland Rugby League offices to collect their gear and take their team photograph.

They were also address by QRL chairman Peter Betros who told the players to savour the experience of playing in the maroon jersey.

“You are a Queensland Rugby League team, and we are very proud of you,” Betros said.

“Not many people get to say they have played for their state – so you should be proud of your achievement in being selected.

“It’s not about winning – it’s about how you carry yourselves.”

Although both coaches will debut new squad members, Queensland will have the edge in experience.

Veteran halfback and captain, Karyn Murphy, will play her last game for her state, after debuting in 1999, the year Queensland began their reign.

See a video interview with Queensland captain Karyn Murphy here.

Donald said he was excited to see the development of Queensland rugby league in the future, as veterans move on and new stars emerge.

“We’ve got a mixture of youth and experience with really good girls coming through the system,” said Donald.

“My main goal to come out of this game is that the new girls establish themselves in the squad as they are the future of our team.”

See a video interview with new Queensland Women’s player Jazmyn Taumafai here.

The Interstate Challenge will kick off at 3.30pm at Leichhardt Oval.

Entry is $10 at the gate for the both the NSW VB Cup and Interstate Challenge match.

*** For those who cannot make it to the ground – there will be a live stream available on the Queensland Rugby League website: http://www.qrl.com.au/interactive/live-stream.html

Teams

Queensland

 

NSW

 

1

Latisha Gary

1

Keezie Apps

2

Kellye Hodges

2

Charlette Butler

3

Annette Brander

3

Teina Clark

4

Jenni-sue Hoepper

4

Ruby Ewe

5

Kady Tinker

5

Vanessa Folia

6

Ali Brigginshaw

6

Sam Hammond

7

Karyn Murphy

7

Jennifer Latu

8

Steph Hancock

8

Chloe Leaupepe

9

Brittany Breayley

9

Sharon McGrady

10

Heather Ballinger

10

Denise McGrath

11

Renae Kunst

11

Hanna Sio

12

Deanna Turner

12

Ruan Sims

13

Tarah Westera

13

Maddison Studdon

14

Talia Poutini-Lawrence

14

Alex Sulusi

15

Nicole Richards

15

Dahlia Tahu

16

Teri Nukunuku

16

Simaima Taufu-Kautai

17

Jazmyn Taumafai

17

Elianna Walton

18

Aleasha Brider

18

Margaret Watson

 

 

19

Farlane Wineerai

 

 

20

Emma Young

 

 

 

 

Coach:

 Brad Donald

Coach:

Mat Head