The Harvey Norman Under 15 and Under 18 Girls Emerging Origin Camps are in full swing, with the players having assembled at their Runaway Bay training base earlier this week.
This is the second year this Female Emerging Origin Development Program has been run for Under 15 girls, with the Under 18 players a new addition this year; more evidence of the growing popularity of rugby league for girls.
Run in partnership with the Queensland Academy of Sport, the coaches are hoping the participants are able to take a lot out of their four days training together.
Under 18 coach Ben Jeffries is no stranger to the program having run the Under 15 squad last year; and this season he is again being assisted by a former member of both the Queensland Women’s and Australian Jillaroos team, with Mackay-based Deanna Turner his assistant coach. Last year Renae Kunst was on hand to share her experience with the girls.
(Stay tuned to QRL.com.au to hear from the coaches who spoke with QRL Media)
The players have a full schedule to help them start their season right, with field sessions that focus on basic skills (catching, passing, tackling techniques) complemented by weights and gym sessions.
Starting their day this morning with some drills on the beach; during their time in camp the girls will also learn tips from experts in nutrition and how to better look after their bodies with flexibility sessions helmed by Jillaroos trainer Robyn Tyler.
The players selected have come from across the state and will use their experience in camp to learn as much as they can and will then share this new knowledge with their team-mates in their club and school teams.
QRL.com.au will have more from camp in the next few days.
- See the squad lists and team staff for the Harvey Norman Under 15 and Under 18 Girls Emerging Origin squads --> HERE.