Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Brothers Launch Women's Outfit as All Teams Return; A Grade in Double Dose of Action

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Brothers Launch Women's Outfit as All Teams Return; A Grade in Double Dose of Action

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BEN

WILMOTT

ben.wilmott@qt.com.au

BROTHERS women's rugby league team will play their first game of the season this weekend against Burleigh.

After announcing current Jillaroos representative Brittany Breayley as the team's captain for the year, coach Nat Dwyer said the girls were looking forward to their first hit-out.

"It's exciting," Dwyer said. "We'll finally get a chance to put all that hard work the girls have been putting in at training onto the field and see what we can do.

"We've got a lot of youth and speed out wide, and a fair bit of experience in our forwards. It's just a matter of putting that all together and playing as a team."

A former Australian representative herself, Dwyer said she had earmarked Breayley as a future captain choice prior to putting the reformed Brothers team together this year.

"I coach Brittany two years ago and I saw a lot of potential in her," she said. "She was always going to be a leader but at the time I thought she probably needed a few more years under her belt.

"Don't get me wrong, she would have led the side around well but with extra experience comes greater knowledge."

Despite the women's competition kicking off this weekend, there are still changes yet to be made to the season draw.

Dwyer has been working with officials to make sure the women will play alongside their male counterparts for as many home games as possible throughout the year.

"There's still a couple of games that we are trying to change around," she said. "We've been working on it over the last two or three weeks so that we can play our home games when the men are playing too.

"It's a pain to open up the grounds for just one game and we would rather have the support there for our games as well."

Tomorrow's match starts from 3.30pm at Burleigh.

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AFTER last week's wash- out, all three grades will resume for this weekend's Rugby League Ipswich competition.

Fassifern sat out the bye, as the rest of the A Grade competition played a catch- up round on Wednesday night.

Now it's Norths turn to have a rest as the Bombers return against Swifts, West End welcome Brothers and the Eastern Cobras host the Goodna Eagles. …

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