CQ ladies storm into rugby league world
THERE'S a storm brewing in rugby league and it's been building for a while. The ladies of the Central Highlands league are turning heads and catching the state's best players in its maelstrom.
A grade total of seven ladies from various clubs were selected in the Central Crows outfit following an impressive return to the 47th Battalion Shield in Roma at the weekend.
The ladies were defeated in the final but clearly in their pool matches they did enough to warrant a selection stranglehold.
Kailah Rogers, Tegan Rolfe, Ellie Waters, Carly Bell, Kiri Samson, Mariah Storch and Chloe Ramsay won themselves selection, joining Central Queensland Capras representatives Chelsea Baker, Cody House and Sarah Field.
The girls embarked on a five-month pre-season specially designed for the carnival. Under the watchful eye of ex-Maroon and Australian player Alan McIndoe, the ladies have thrived.
"It's been an unbelievable two year journey, the girls were absolutely phenomenal, its paying dividends," McIndoe explained.
"I am extremely proud, we got two in Crows last year and seven this time. It says a lot. It also speaks very highly of the ones who missed out, they enhanced the girl's opportunities. It is a squad effort and they need a pat on the back.
"We were getting accolades from the QRL hierarchy. They were astounded with the structure, game play, the patterns and played like a professional outfit."
CH led 4-0 over the Sunshine Coast in the final for 60% of the encounter, McIndoe said they defended like warriors.
"We had modified our game plan minutes before and the girls were so professional with it, they took it on board so well," he said.
"Our goal line defence was incredible but the depth that the Sunshine Coast girls had allowed them to continually bombard us and they eventually wore us down.
"We would definitely complete in div one in Brisbane. The girls are at that level, their dedication and willingness to develop in regional Queensland, its marvellous feat for the region."
Central Highlands rugby league president Frank Lambley said both his men's and ladies sides had dug deep in Roma.
"This year's carnival has been the most successful carnival for both our men's and women's teams," Lambley said.
"This year, our men finished fifth from eight teams, only two points away from tied third with Rockhampton and Toowoomba.
"The men really dug deep and shook up the competition laying a platform for next year.
"It was the first time that our ladies competed wearing the Central Highlands badge and with very big expectations of us being very competitive, we didn't disappoint.
"It was unfortunate that we went down to the Sunshine Coast 10-4 in the grand final but we must be very proud and happy at how we played considering the Sunshine Coast play in the regular South-East Queensland Division 1 Women's competition."
Rockhampton Rustlers men's side lost both fixtures against Toowoomba and the Sunshine Coast but defeated Wide Bay 30-0.
The CQ ladies claimed scalps in Bundaberg and South West throughout the tournament.
Central Highlands men were competitive but endured a tough tournament but managed a fine win over Gladstone.
Rockhampton men Chanel Seigafo, Daniel Tanner, Peter Rogers and Central Highlands' Jason King won Crows call-ups.