IN TRAINING: The Under 14’s girls haven’t lost a game all year. Pictured Mickela Broderick, Mickela Dunn, Teita Fatui, Gemma Vogel and Chaylee Soutter.
IN TRAINING: The Under 14’s girls haven’t lost a game all year. Pictured Mickela Broderick, Mickela Dunn, Teita Fatui, Gemma Vogel and Chaylee Soutter. Katherine Morris

Girls excited to play league

WHEN Anna Toseni watches the Canterbury Bulldogs play, she imagines herself out there on the field with them.

Anna plays in the second row for the Red Ants U16s girls' rugby league team and loves everything about it - even the long bus trips to and from games.

The two junior women rugby league teams, U16s and U14, often have to travel to the Sunshine Coast and Caboolture for their games.

Both teams have been undefeated this year.

Anna said she didn't mind the long bus rides to and from games.

"It's worth it, I love the bus ride with everyone," Anna said.

This year is Anna's last year to play as there are not enough girls for an U18's team.

"The boy's always play and I just love it. I love this," Anna said.

"Tackling is fun, scoring goals and the team work."

It's Mikela Dunn's first year playing for the U14 side in which she plays as hooker - and rugby league is in her blood.

"My brother used to play and my dad coaches," Mikeala said.

She is excited to have the chance to give it a go.

"(Love) everything about it, love tackling."

GREAT TECHNIQUE:Madison Carstais gets tackled at training.
GREAT TECHNIQUE:Madison Carstais gets tackled at training. Katherine Morris

Jonathon Thurston seemed to be a common thread as everyone's favourite player.

Danny Saltmer, who coaches both girls' teams, said the girls played hard and well as a team.

Their dedication to get to games pays off.

"Leave home at about 4pm depending on where it is, travelling down for the game at 7.30pm, stop and have dinner and get dressed half way, off the bus and on to the field and get home around 1am," Saltmer said.

The teams have players from all over the South Burnett from Kingaroy to Cherbourg ,coming together to make a joint team and play every Friday night.

"They play good as a team, play a lot harder for the game. They'll only have seven on the field and they'll still be scoring tries over the (other) team," Saltmer said.

The girls play 11 or nine a side depending on how many players they have.

There are a few different rules for the girls including no strips, only two in a tackle and no leg lifts.

The girls' next two games are at home May 8 and May 22.

This Friday's games are at 8pm and 9pm against Beerwah at the Kingaroy ruby league grounds.

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