Jillaroos star comes home for Marlins run
BRITTANY Breayley's whirlwind trip home leaves little time to catch up with friends and family, but the Australian Jillaroo is still excited to be back on North Queensland soil if only for a moment.
"I just got to catch up with my nephew. It feels like I never left,” Breayley said today.
"I love coming back to Mackay and giving back to the community.”
Breayley arrived in Mackay this morning ahead of tomorrow's Queensland Country trials.
The Queensland and Australian rake will pull on her familiar number nine for the North Queensland Marlins when they host Central Crows at BB Print Stadium
The Mackay State High School product will link with some familiar faces for the Marlins, including Jillaroos teammate Heather Ballinger.
Despite her pedigree, Breayley said the Marlins squad was one of equals from 1-19.
"I grew up playing with some of these girls. I think we're all on the same level, I'm just as excited as them,” she said.
Breayley was part of the inaugural NRLW premiership-winning Broncos last year.
Her path to the top of rugby league began in Mackay. She hopes the flourishing female football pathway will help more Mackay products make the leap to the NRL level.
"It's humbling to be part of, knowing I've been a part of paving the way for the future girls coming through,” Breayley said.
The Brothers Ipswich star will be back on a plane to Brisbane on Sunday.
It means she will unfortunately miss a milestone family occasion
"Dad is up from Brissy, he's actually playing in the (Slade Point) Masters (rugby) union game at the same time. I'll miss out on that one,” she said.