INSPIRATION: Jemma Cranston  (left) and Maddie Gablonski (right) all smiles meeting the Brisbane Broncos women's players Julia Robinson (far left) and Ali Brigginshaw (far right).
INSPIRATION: Jemma Cranston (left) and Maddie Gablonski (right) all smiles meeting the Brisbane Broncos women's players Julia Robinson (far left) and Ali Brigginshaw (far right). Bec Singh

NRLW Broncos inspire Gympie's young females

RUGBY LEAGUE: A massive crowd at Jack Stokes watched on with excitement yesterday as the Broncos gave fans a taste of what to expect when the NRLW kicks-off in September.

Women's rugby league is no longer a hopeful dream as the Brisbane Broncos women inspired women of all ages to get their boots on and start playing.

Keen rugby league player Amy Dooley said she was definitely inspired because she thought  rugby league was pretty serious and all about winning but seeing how much fun the Broncos players were having and how close they are she hopes to now play professionally.
Keen rugby league player Amy Dooley said she was definitely inspired because she thought rugby league was pretty serious and all about winning but seeing how much fun the Broncos players were having and how close they are she hopes to now play professionally. Bec Singh

Gympie girls learnt from the best as the Broncos held a coaching clinic, which the players will take into their own game.

"It was great to see all the young girls coming and seeing them,” Gympie Junior Rugby League president Ben Dore said.

Lisa Wood says the Broncos being in Gympie was awesome. The chance to play with the Broncos girls is just amazing they are such an inspiration.
Lisa Wood says the Broncos being in Gympie was awesome. The chance to play with the Broncos girls is just amazing they are such an inspiration. Bec Singh

Despite not having a women's side and only an under-14s girls side, the junior rugby league will drive off this momentum.

"We will be working off this now. Our under-14s had their first season, which is the youngest age division we can have from under-12s,” Dore said.

Maddie Gablonski gets a great ball from Ali Brigginshaw.
Maddie Gablonski gets a great ball from Ali Brigginshaw. Bec Singh

"The next step to build is hopefully maintain our under-14s side and then get our 16s going and that then feeding into a women's competition.

"I think locally, from a seniors perspective, there is a lot of women to play and hopefully next to see that happening.”

Payton Rozynski has not played rugby league but after watching the Broncos women in action said she was determined to play now.
Payton Rozynski has not played rugby league but after watching the Broncos women in action said she was determined to play now. Bec Singh

Broncos player Meg Ward travelled to Gympie for the first time and is hoping to come back again.

Charnyele Coleman said she loved having a run with the Broncos women and does not want to turn away from rugby league and her love for the sport has increased.
Charnyele Coleman said she loved having a run with the Broncos women and does not want to turn away from rugby league and her love for the sport has increased. Bec Singh

"I haven't been to Gympie before, it is just awesome,” she said.

Lakkari Mason, a rugby union player, said the Broncos women inspired her to just keep playing sport and it was good to see the young girls at Jack Stokes too.
Lakkari Mason, a rugby union player, said the Broncos women inspired her to just keep playing sport and it was good to see the young girls at Jack Stokes too. Bec Singh

"It (women's rugby league) has come in leaps and bounds with the Australian girls winning the World Cup is what lead to the NRL marking this so big.

Jemma Cranston ready to receive the footy from Brisbane Broncos women's player Julia Robinson.
Jemma Cranston ready to receive the footy from Brisbane Broncos women's player Julia Robinson. Bec Singh

"It is just amazing looking out here and seeing all the young girls coming to watch us. You never think that would happen.”

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