OUR GIRLS: Claudia Bartolo Rose Whippy, Vitea Parter , Austene Rebetzke, Libby Surha,  Emmily Donaldson,  and Georgina Whitehouse will be in action at BB Print Stadium this weekend.
OUR GIRLS: Claudia Bartolo Rose Whippy, Vitea Parter , Austene Rebetzke, Libby Surha, Emmily Donaldson, and Georgina Whitehouse will be in action at BB Print Stadium this weekend. Aidan Cureton

Rookies and legends gather for a day of footy

SATURDAY will be the day for women's footy, with back-to-back games to be held at BB Print Stadium for the Queensland Country Women's Carnival.

Mackay juniors will kick off the day in lead-up to the North Queensland Marlins, Central Crows clash at 3pm, which will put some of Australia's best products on display.

Mackay rugby league icon Renae Kunst said it would be great for the junior players to see the evolution from junior pathway to elite level.

"Credit to the league here in Mackay, they've put this on for that reason,” she said.

"These little girls can see those Under-12 and Under-14 girls and further which shows the pathway that they can have an opportunity to pursue.”

The former Jillaroo said Mackay had taken strides in improving the women's sport.

"We're kicking off with the Queensland Maroons clinic,” Kunst said.

"So we're encouraging all girls from Under-6 to Under-12 to come on down, experience our great game and stick around for a great day of footy.”

"We have a few Queensland representative girls and Australian players who are coming down so it will be a really good showcase for these young girls to be active in our community.”

Young Carltons player Libby Surha was one clinic member who was itching to see the Marlins A-listers visit her backyard this weekend.

The 14 year old said her attention was mainly directed towards Brisbane Broncos premiership star Brittany Breayley, who will play for the Marlins.

"I'm looking forward to watching the Marlins girls playing and seeing the role models which I love,” Surha said.

The young athlete is also a budding hockey star, but said rugby league had always been a family favourite.

"Our family has evolved around it for years and years, and I just like it,” she said.

"Last year I made the Under-14 Queensland team. . . I think this (carnival) would be a good step in improving.”

Game Day

Queensland Country Women's Carnival - Saturday, May 18 at BB Print Stadium

8.30am - Queensland Maroons clinic

10am - Souths v Brothers, Wests v Sarina U12s

11am - Magpies v Norths U14s

12pm - Norths v Sarina U17s

1.30pm - Emerging Marlins v Emerging Crows

3pm - NQ Marlins v Central Crows Open Women's



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