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QRL Women’s Development Camp to help build skills

Promising talents in the Women’s game will have the opportunity to experience 'elite’-style training with the announcement of the QRL’s Queensland Women’s Development Camp and program.

Designed to help lift the standard of play across the state in the various women’s competitions – this is not necessarily an Emerging Origin or Elite Pathways program.

It will instead offer players who are not currently taking part in professional or representative programs the chance to upskill and learn ways to improve their overall play.

As such – Queensland, Australia, New Zealand, All Stars and NRLW representatives will largely not be part of the camp being held next January.

With the women’s representative calendar offering more opportunities than ever for women on an elite pathway; the QRL recognises the need to monitor their workload.

Elite Queensland players are also expected to be involved in a camp prior to the representative period of the year which will include State of Origin.

The players who have been selected in this development camp (which is presented by QRL in partnership with the Queensland Academy of Sport) have been identified by the QRL Divisions (Regions) and have shown promise in competitions such as the SEQ Division 1, and they are expected to share what they learn with their club team-mates.

Mark Ross – who has extensive experience in the game at various levels, including Queensland representative teams and is Head of Football at Southport Tigers – will head up the coaching staff at the camp.

The main focus of the camp will be on fundamentals and skills implementation including tackle technique and marker defence. There will also be strength and lifting technique and physical testing for players who are not currently on a training program. 

This is one of many exciting opportunities for Women and Girls rugby league with the QRL – with the recent naming of the Under 15 and Under 18 Emerging Origin Girls QAS camps.

The Women's Development camp will run for two days (Saturday, January 19 and Sunday January 20, 2019) in conjunction with the QAS junior camps; with some sessions at the Queensland Academy of Sport base at Kessel Road, Mt Gravatt to overlap. 

Queensland Women's Development Camp - selected players

Player name Current Club 

Katie Green

Brianna Clark

Tina Hancock

Kailah Rogers

Tashina Ketchup

Molly O’Connell

Kimberley Dore

Kristine Vaalepu

Kelsey Parkin

Taimane Levu

Mia Carter

Danielle Hunter

Kazzia Lammon

Elle Stitt

Tashia Anthony

Vassa Hunter

Krystal Sulter

Charleigh Robinson

Tamika Upton

Deborah Barchard

Casey Karklis

Shekinah Rolland

Savannah Pratten

Mackenzie Fane

Michaela Peck

Amie Solomona


Mackay Brothers

Mackay Magpies

Mackay Magpies

Emerald Cowboys

Emu Park

Western Mustangs

Easts Tigers

West Panthers

Easts Tigers

West Inala

Southern Suburbs

Murri Taipans

West Panthers

Emerald Cowboys

Blackwater Crushers

Tannum Sands

Tannum Sands

Emerald Tigers

Yeppoon RLFC

Emerald Cowboys

Southern Suburbs

Easts Tigers

Wallaby RLFC

Easts Tigers


Southern Suburbs


QAS Women’s Development Coaching Team

Head Coach – Mark Ross
Assistant Coach – Aaron Zimmerle
Team Manager – Alby Anderson
Strength and Conditioner – Tim McIntyre
Sports Trainer – David Gampe
Sports Trainer – Jade Badger

Acknowledgement of Country

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