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Girls on the charge in Mackay

The Central Highlands Women’s Rugby League side got in some good early-season match fitness taking on Bundaberg in Bluff at the weekend.
The Central Highlands Women’s Rugby League side got in some good early-season match fitness taking on Bundaberg in Bluff at the weekend.

RUGBY league isn’t a game the typical fan would associate with girls but that could be all about to change as one Central Highlands team prepares to debut in the Mackay women’s competition.

It’s been a long, tough road for team captain Tegan Sullivan and her Tieri side to round up players, sponsors and associates needed for support.

On the cusp of round one, all plans were thrown into jeopardy after the team lost its bid to use Moranbah as its home ground and with other teams not ready to tackle the season’s start.

“They (Moranbah) didn’t want us to follow them,” Tegan said.

“We were meant to start this weekend but some of the other sides were not ready so the whole competition has been put back a month.”

It has been arranged so Tieri will now play all home games from the Mackay Souths venue.

In the meantime, the competitive Central Highlands side has been hard at work on the training paddock and the playing field.

Coming up against a Bundaberg women’s side at Bluff at the weekend, the relatively inexperienced Highlands side finished as comfortable 20-point victors.

“It was a good run,” Tegan said. “Some of our new girls were very impressive, especially considering they had never played before.”

Sullivan, who has represented Queensland, Australian and Women’s All Star teams, said surprisingly it was the local games she found to be the hardest to master, and not those on the national stage.

“It doesn’t really feel all that different to play but it’s more of a challenge to play with the local girls – it’s good fun,” Sullivan said.

Central Highlands lock and player of the match Wendy Sullivan couldn’t stay out of the action, filling into the halves and looking ever-dangerous on the attack with each touch.

Springsure’s Casey Wason said the hit-out was a good test for the season ahead.

“There were a few really big hits, I think that surprised a few,” she said. “They (Bundaberg) were pretty quick.

“I wouldn’t have wanted it any faster.”


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