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Northern Women's sides ready for big trial matches

Four women's teams will face off this weekend in the Northern Region Women’s Championships.

Held in partnership with the North Queensland Cowboys and Harvey Norman; the teams will be playing alongside the men's Foley Shield Carnival this weekend at Townsville Sports Reserve.

The games will be livestreamed on and on the QRL Facebook page.


Day 1 of QRL Northern Division Foley Shield and NQ women’s trials broadcast LIVE from Townsville Sports Reserve.

Posted by QRL - Queensland Rugby League on Tuesday, 30 April 2019


There will be six Women’s A grade games played over the weekend featuring teams from Cairns, Townsville, Mackay and Outback.

The women's games will be played over two 25 minute halves with a 10 minute break at halftime.

Mackay are hoping for a strong showing in this year's tournament after they started planning earlier this year.

On March 2, Mackay held a City v Country men's and women's game before the NRL trial game.

From this, 26 players were selected to continue in a squad with regular training and all girls participate in the Mackay District Rugby League local competition.

Mackay have several girls they believe will impress this weekend being Katie Green,Tina Hancock, Emma Manzelmann and Naomi Temby to name a few.

The Mackay players believe Townsville will come ready to play as they have a few games under their belt with their new women’s competition up and running.

Players that have started to shine in the local competition include those named above along with Maggie Brosnan and Jennifer Goostry.

Mackay Women’s team coach Jade Badger said the Mackay team are excited for the challenge, they are on a mission to impress and are all ready for the tough encounter.

“I feel the lead up to this competition has been skilful and impressive," Badger said.

"Training with the team has been challenging due to the weather, but all the girls have all earned their positions in the team due to their commitment."

Mackay captain Naomi Temby was looking forward to seeing young talent shine through.

“I'm really excited this year as we have a lot of new juniors coming through the ranks and they will increase the pace of the game due to their speed and agility,” Temby said.

An NQ Cowboys rugby league clinic for girls aged 6- 2 years will also take player and will feature former Jillaroos players Renae Kunst and Jenni-Sue Hoepper who will guide participants through rugby league skills and drills.

This free clinic starts at 9am on Saturday kicks off an action packed weekend of rugby league.

Admission to the Northern Region Women’s Championships is free and there will be a canteen open.

However, the venue will be smoke and alcohol free to make it a family friendly weekend.

The full Northern Region Women’s Championships draw is as follows:

Saturday May 4 -

A Grade Women - 12.20pm Townsville v Mackay

A Grade Women - 1.20pm Northern Outback v Cairns 

A Grade Women - 3.30pm Cairns v Townsville

A Grade Women - 5.50pm Northern Outback v Mackay.

Sunday May 5 -

A Grade Women – 10am Mackay v Cairns

A Grade Women - 11am Townsville v Northern Outback