Years of perseverance have paid off for Kailah Rogers who made her Central Queensland Capras debut in the BHP Premiership competition in Round 1 of this year.
Sharing the team's player of the match honours with Kelli Dunlop following their win against Easts Tigers, it was the latest step in a long journey for Rogers, who has literally put in the miles for the game she loves, often undergoing an eight-hour round trip to play at a local level.
Rogers, who played as a junior with Queensland Maroons squad member Kurt Capewell in Charleville, has also been a member of the QRL's Harvey Norman Women’s Development squad in the past, and was keen to progress her football when the women's statewide competition kicks off again in the future.
The Capras lock, who can also play as a fullback or halfback, took some time out to tackle the questions in the 'fast five' challenge.
Fast five with Kailah Rogers
Football family – does anyone else in your family play? Who and which team?
My dad used to play – he played juniors in Hughenden / Charters Towers, then played A Grade for the Charleville All Whites in the mid-1980s. He was the main influence for me to sign up to play footy at age six, and that turned into a bond that we will forever share.
Favourite footy memory?
I would have to say I have two – one, watching and two, playing. For watching, it is going to my first live State of Origin in 2008, it was Game II with my brother. The atmosphere was next level. I’ll never forget Greg Inglis terrorising the New South Wales right edge all night, setting up multiple tries and Queensland putting 30 points on the Blues. For playing, it is winning my first premiership with Clermont Bears in 2017. The coach, your team mates and you work so hard all year and it’s good to see all the hard work pays off when you win the competition.
Fashion – what’s the most worn item in your wardrobe?
Probably Birkenstocks- have a pair for all occasions.
Fitness tips? Any favourite exercises or tips for staying motivated?
Consistency is key. I train mostly by myself, due to living in remote Queensland, so I usually live by a rule of push yourself, because no one else will do it for you. I actually enjoy going for a jog – I usually try do that at least once a week just to have some me time.
Find out more – is there anything you are studying, reading, watching now that you are spending more time at home?
I have been trying to do some reading every day. I am currently reading Fire in the Night; The Piper Alpha Disaster. However, Netflix and Stan have been getting quite a workout as well.
Favourite footy photo