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10 ripper Queensland schoolgirl footy players

Keebra Park half Skye Raftstrand-Smith tackled by Mabel Park defence. Picture Glenn Hampson
Keebra Park half Skye Raftstrand-Smith tackled by Mabel Park defence. Picture Glenn Hampson

10 ripper Queensland schoolgirl footy players

Author : Andrew Dawson Quest Newspapers

Gold Coast Titans and all NRL Clubs take note – we reveal more than 10 great young prospects in the Titans Schools League as the club’s girls junior development program ramps up following inclusion into the NRLW.

Janique Milli, left, looks at the camera, with her year 7-8 team mates.Janique Milli, left, looks at the camera, with her year 7-8 team mates.

Gold Coast Titans take note – we reveal more than 10 great young prospects for the future in the Titans Schools League as the club ramps up ahead of its inclusion into the NRLW.

The Titans have been hosting development camps in recent years, but now the club has a concrete pathway for juniors given its NRLW inclusion which will be a lure to keeping local talent local.

The appointment of Jamie Feeney to head the women’s entry into the NRLW is also significant giveN his past NRLW and Jillaroos experience, but also his knowledge of the Titans Schools League where he coached the season (Marsden SHS).

Keebra Park Girls year 9-10 division one team celebrate a nailbiting win against Mabel Park. “The wins on Wednesday were a credit to the hard-work and dedication of not only our girls but also our coaching staff,’’ said Principal Adam Brandis. “Both of our teams that played were without key players due to injury and Under 19 Origin commitments, so for both teams to win coming from behind demonstrates the culture of the program. Picture Glenn HampsonKeebra Park Girls year 9-10 division one team celebrate a nailbiting win against Mabel Park. “The wins on Wednesday were a credit to the hard-work and dedication of not only our girls but also our coaching staff,’’ said Principal Adam Brandis. “Both of our teams that played were without key players due to injury and Under 19 Origin commitments, so for both teams to win coming from behind demonstrates the culture of the program. Picture Glenn Hampson

PROSPECTS TO WATCH

Malaela Su’a (Mabel Park SHS)

A No.13, Su’a can play middle, left or right edge or anywhere you like – so versatile is she. Strongly built, and having grown up playing rugby league and union against boys, Su’a is tough and strong.

Mabel Park SHS schoolgirl rugby league player Malaela Su’a. Picture: Renae DroopMabel Park SHS schoolgirl rugby league player Malaela Su’a. Picture: Renae Droop

But she also has desire and a big motor and earlier this month played a full game in the year 9-10 competition, then backed up to playing a full game in the year 11-12 match – scoring two tries to boot. But she had some help.

A middle forward, Shaylee Joseph did the simple things to perfection and must have been a coaches’ dream. Along with Athene Vili, Joseph was a Queensland 16-18 years merit representative.

Other exciting players from the Mabel Park SHS program were younger girls Danielle Tukakangahau and Kaylani Tavita.

Ebony and Sky Raftstrand-Smith (Keebra Park SHS)

It is a case of double trouble for the opposition when they confront these sisters. Ebony (fullback) and Sky (halfback) can connect down the middle or out wide and have an instinctive understanding. If one was having a quiet match, you can bet the other was not. And together they are a potent force.

Janique Mili. (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)Janique Mili. (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)

Janique Mili (Marsden SHS)

As a year 7-8 player, Mili is one for the little black books. A fullback, she is fast and strong but has a sixth sense of where to position herself. She was certainly the discovery player of the year 7-8 age group.

Jaida Faleono (Keebra Park SHS)

When you are on the same field on grand final day alongside the Raftstrand-Smith sisters and finish with the player of the match award as Faleono did, you know you are a good player.

A middle forward, impressively Faleono did not rely on brawn to win her the award, with his work rate and mobility eye-catching features. Jot down the name of Easther Mikaele as well. Another outstanding Keebra Park talent.

Ipswich SHS has a great junior program.Ipswich SHS has a great junior program.

Riley Jorgensen (Ipswich SHS)

The fast improving Ipswich SHS girls league program revealed an array of talent in 2021.

Top of the list was Jorgensen who must have installed confidence in her side by the manner in which she conducted herself.

There is also plenty of raw talent in the Ipswich SHS ranks, including iresa Elika, Lina Tanielu, Lishainah Ulugia, Shalom Sauaso.

The Marsden SHS Year 8-9 team, including Lilli Lewis holding her head gearThe Marsden SHS Year 8-9 team, including Lilli Lewis holding her head gear

Lilli Lewis (Marsden SHS)

Lewis at five-eight was absolutely outstanding in the year 7-8 premiership side. She wore white head gear but that was not the reason she stood out. Lewis had every skill in the book, although my favourite was her short kicking game.

She formed a potent combination with link players around her Kaelyn Passi and Grace Fangupou, while Janique Mili’s roaming player also gave her a target for her passing and kicking game. clever at the ruck

Emma Barnes, third along, with some team mates at . (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)Emma Barnes, third along, with some team mates at . (News Corp/Attila Csaszar)

Emma Barnes (Beenleigh SHS)

Emma Barnes was certainly one of the best players in the competition. A dummy half, she was an tremendous tacklers and darted Beenleigh onto the front foot. A Wynnum Manly under 19 player, she also has a good passing game.

Keebra Girl's Rugby League player Skyla Adams and at Keebra Park's Sports Fields. Photograph : Jason O'BrienKeebra Girl’s Rugby League player Skyla Adams and at Keebra Park’s Sports Fields. Photograph : Jason O’Brien

Skyla Adams (Keebra Park SHS)

Together with excitement machine Anne- Marie Ratu and Imogen Hei, Adams is part of a thrilling group of talented players who are bubbling to the surface from within the impressive Keebra Park SHS program.

Keebra Park SHS alumni and state Origin reps Ebony Laing, Tyesha Mikaio, Tiana Raftstrand-Smith, Zahara Temara and Chelsea Lenarduzzi. This is what Keebra Park's current generation will aim to aspire toward in the future.Keebra Park SHS alumni and state Origin reps Ebony Laing, Tyesha Mikaio, Tiana Raftstrand-Smith, Zahara Temara and Chelsea Lenarduzzi. This is what Keebra Park’s current generation will aim to aspire toward in the future.

Dilyza Leugaimafe (Marsden SHS)

An edge forward, Leugaimafe and winger Shannon Symond did everything possible to get her side over the line and to victory in the year 11-12 grand final.

The Baty twins were also outstanding across the season for Marsden SHS while Oshanis Whakatau, Sienna Lofipo, Patricia Wani and Trinity Ve’etutu were best in the year 9-10 Marsden side.

Athena Vili and Danielle Tutakangahau (Mabel Park SHS)

Vili and Tutakangahua are both Queensland merit team selections in their respective age groups and are players of the future at the school. Also, dummy half Kaylani Tavita deserves mentioning for her deeds.

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