The Queensland Under 18 Girls team to play New South Wales in the inaugural interstate match at North Sydney Oval has been announced.
The match is yet another exciting progression in the female game, providing another representative pathway opportunity for girls to aspire to.
For the Queensland Rugby League, the match brings to fruition a number of years of development work which began in 2017 with the Harvey Norman Under 15 Girls Emerging Origin Camp at the Runaway Bay Sports Centre.
Most of the selected players have been part of the Queensland Rugby League’s pathway programs, with 11 players involved in the QAS Emerging Origin camps held earlier this year.
Central Region’s Rhiannon Revell-Blair is the most experienced player, having been involved with the Harvey Norman Queensland Women’s team last season.
Souths Logan Magpie SEQ Women’s Division 1 player Lyllian Mikaio has also been named alongside her sister Tyesha, while Burleigh Bears player Chante Temara also features in the squad.
The Queensland Under 18 Girls squad will assemble on the Gold Coast on June 17 in preparation of their game which will serve as a curtain-raiser to the Holden State of Origin match between the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons and NSW.
The Under 18 Girls game will kick off at 5.45pm on Friday, June 21 and will be live streamed on QRL.com.au.
Queensland Under 18 Girls squad - alphabetical
Keilee Joseph -SEQ Region
Emma Manzelmann - NQ Region
Lyllian Mikaio - SEQ Region
Tyesha Mikaio - SEQ Region
Jasmine Peters - NQ Region
China Polata - SEQ Region
Jessikah Reeves - SEQ Region
Rhiannon Revell-Blair - CQ Region
River Smalley - SEQ Region
Abelee Stanley - CQ Region
Nakita Tafili-Sao - SEQ Region
Courtney Tamati - SEQ Region
Chante Temara - SEQ Region
Jazmon Tupou-Witchman - SEQ Region
Rose Vaimili-Toalepai - SEQ Region
Tiamo Williams - SEQ Region
Acacia Wulf - SEQ Region
18th player: Keisharn Hala - SEQ Region
Coach: Ben Jeffries