WOMEN IN LEAGUE: Emily Clapperton, Issy Baker, and Leila Austin are kicking goals as women of the rugby league.
WOMEN IN LEAGUE: Emily Clapperton, Issy Baker, and Leila Austin are kicking goals as women of the rugby league. Meg Gannon

Meet the girls getting into the game we love

WHENEVER Leila Austin, 12, grabs a football to play with her friends, a fire in her belly lights up as she hits the field.

This fire is now being stoked by our local primary schools, who are promoting the participation of young girls in rugby league.

Dalby State School hosted Our Lady of the Southern Cross and Dalby South State School for a special Women in Rugby League training session, run just for the girls by Mitch Sergeant from the NRL.

Sport teacher Tamara Kavney said it was not just a chance for girls to give a new sport a go, but it was an opportunity for the schools to collaborate on a project.

"It's nice for the three schools to get together so it's not always Dalby State School versus Dalby South,” she said.

"It's good that our girls are exposed to as many opportunities as they can.

"It's good for their discipline and it's good for them to have the rule knowledge behind it; it makes you a smarter player.”


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