ON THE RISE: Jasmine Gardner, Leah Walker, Karla Cann, U16s Mustangs representative Harriet Brown and Nicole Roberts are looking for more girls to put together a U16s girls rugby league team for Chinchilla.
ON THE RISE: Jasmine Gardner, Leah Walker, Karla Cann, U16s Mustangs representative Harriet Brown and Nicole Roberts are looking for more girls to put together a U16s girls rugby league team for Chinchilla. Matthew Newton

Chinchilla girls make rep footy team as calls grow for U16s players

WHEN Harriet Brown is asked whether she cops any flak for playing rugby, historically regarded as a men’s sport, she is quick to fire back.

“We’ll just show ‘em how it’s done,” she said.

Harriet, in the U16s, and Tahlia Pearson and Hayley Carnellor in the U14s are doing just that - they are the latest Chinchilla recruits to the Mustangs Girls Representative Teams for south west Queensland.

With teams comprised of Toowoomba, Warwick and Western Downs players, the girls will play with other Mustangs in their division at Kingaroy on June 11 and 12 at the Central Carnival.

The U14/16 Teams have been training together for three months.

While the U14s have the numbers for a team, the U16s have just four players - Harriet, Leah Walker, Jasmine Gardner, Nicole Roberts and Karla Cann - and have been making up numbers for the Warwick.

What those four would love more than anything, is to be able to play for Chinchilla, something which won’t happen until more girls sign up.

“It’s a sport and everybody should be able to have a go, it doesn’t matter about gender,” Karla said.

Harriet is more to the point when encouraging other girls to strap on the footy boots.

“Don’t be wusses,” she said.

“Have a go, see if you like it,” Jasmine said.

U14/16s manager Robyn Jennings said the girls have shown commitment since Western Downs Junior Rugby League saw we had numbers to make a U14/U16 girls teams and have supported us through the process.

Ms Jennings said she was keen to see more U16s join up. The U16s girls train on Tuesday and Thursday from 5pm to 7.30pm at Bulldog Park.

She also added that both the U14/16 teams were seeking sponsors for the remainder of this year and next year.

For more information on sponsoring the teams, please contact WDRJL president Greg Coase on 0458 990 021.


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