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Cowboys’ Women’s Academy launched

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Cowboys NRLW in sight with new Women's Academy
Cowboys.com.au
Tue 10 Sep 2019, 12:38 PM

For the first time, North Queensland female rugby league talent can access elite development and coaching without having to move away from home with the Toyota Cowboys’ Women’s Academy launched today.

The academy brings the region a step closer to calling a NRLW their own and comes just before round one of the second NRLW season.

The women’s academy coaches will travel to Cairns, Townsville and Mackay to deliver a minimum of six sessions annually and will work with the QRL, NRL, clubs and schools to involve female talent.

Players aged over 15 will be identified and invited to participate in the academy delivering skills enhancement, best practice training techniques and facilities, support and guidance, and elite-level coaching.

The academy furthers the Cowboys commitment to women’s participation in rugby league, as explained by Cowboys chief operating officer Micheal Luck.

“We’ve been proactive in supporting the female grassroots and local league this year in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay with our women’s program and will continue to progress this next year, along with starting our women’s academy,” he said.

The Cowboys’ 2019 women’s program includes sponsorship of the QRL Northern Region Women’s Championship; Townsville, Cairns and Mackay District Women’s Rugby League; support of the Karyn Murphy Cup; and a girl’s clinic hosted in partnership with Harvey Norman.

“Our intent with the Women’s Academy is to focus on elite development,” Luck said.

“It will eventually lead to the club entering a NRLW team that is genuinely representative of the Cowboys and the incredible talent and potential of female players in our region.”

The very first academy participants present at the launch today were:
  • Romy Teitzel (Western Lions), 20
  • Riu Te Hiko (Western Lions), 18
  • Shanaye Watson (Townsville Brothers), 17
  • Jasmine Peters (Mackay Brothers), 17
The four participants will join a roster of talent led by Cowboys elite pathways coach Ben Jeffries who leverages his current leadership of the men’s elite pathways program and his experience coaching women’s teams.

Jeffries has spent the last four years coaching girls and women’s teams at all levels of the game, most recently taking on the role of head coach for the Queensland U18s team.

“The Cowboys academy will deliver the core skills of rugby league which will enhance their skill level and understanding of the game to put them in better stead for each level they participate in,” Jeffries said.

“There are female players who have the potential to play representative football, but they’ve not been able to access the consistent training they need to meet the standards.”

“The difficult thing with the North Queensland location is the travel required to attend training and a great aspect of the academy is that we will come to the players to deliver consistent sessions.”

“It will give players an edge in between competitions and will give them access to elite pathways.”

Tully-born Romy Teitzel plays for Western Lions in the newly formed Townsville women’s competition and will join the Women’s Academy sessions when they’re delivered next year.

“This is a very exciting opportunity, especially for someone that’s homegrown here in North Queensland,” Teitzel said.

“I think it’s the perfect opportunity for young women like myself to be identified and to develop our skills and hopefully reach that pathway to NRLW.”

If given the opportunity to pull on the jersey for a Cowboys NRLW team Teitzel said she’d grab it with both hands.

“It would be awesome to stay up here in North Queensland and to showcase our talent to everyone out there.”

https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2019/09/10/cowboys-nrlw-in-sight-with-new-womens-academy/
 

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Really cool news. It'd be awesome if we got a team in the NRLW. There's a few players in the NRLW and Top 40 who are based in or originally from north Queensland. Jenni-Sue Hoepper (Townsville), Brittany Breayley (Mackay), Kate Haren (Innisfail) and Heather Ballinger, Steph Mooka and Tahlulah Tillett (Cairns) to name a few.
 

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Cowboys lay platform for NRLW team with inaugural Women’s Academy
TRENT SLATTER, Townsville Bulletin
September 10, 2019 5:30pm

THE Cowboys have outlined their plans to field an NRLW team by the next broadcast deal in 2023 after officially launching the club’s inaugural Women’s Academy.

Townsville Brothers player Shanaye Watson, Western Lions pair Romy Teitzel and Riu Te Hiko, and Mackay Brothers player Jasmine Peters will be among the first participants with as many as 90 female footballers expected to take part across Townsville, Cairns, and Mackay.

Players aged over 15 will be identified and invited to participate in the academy which aims to improve their core skills through elite level coaching and best practice training techniques.

Female rugby league has made some great strides in North Queensland this year with a six-team competition in Townsville and the introduction of the women’s Foley Shield.

Cowboys chief operating officer Micheal Luck said the club had looked into fielding a team for the inaugural NRLW premiership in 2018 before deciding to focus more on the grassroots.

Luck said the Cowboys were now confident the women’s game was strong enough across the region to launch their academy program and nurture those players to become elite footballers.

“We considered building from the bottom up rather than the top down and we’re really happy with where that’s got to now,” Luck said.

“The growth in (women’s rugby league) is bigger than any other aspect of the game — bigger than touch, Oz-Tag, and the men’s game — so we’re thrilled to be behind it and really see this as a big part of our club moving forward.

“We now have the calibre of women playing the game that we consider it very realistic somewhere in the near future we’ll have a side filled with North Queensland girls in the NRLW competition.”

The Women’s Academy coaches — led by Cowboys elite pathways coach Ben Jeffries — will travel to Townsville, Cairns, and Mackay to deliver a minimum of six session annually and will work with the QRL, NRL, clubs, and schools to involve female talent.

“If we can keep concentrating on the core skills and providing the reinforcement around those areas hopefully their skill level gets better and that’ll open up opportunities for them to play more high level football,” Jeffries said.

“What we’re doing now is creating a base and hopefully in years to come they’ll be reaping the rewards for the club to have an NRLW team.”

Luck said the time frame for the club’s inclusion in the NRLW was not set in stone, but he hoped the first crop of Women’s Academy players would get the chance to wear a Cowboys jersey at that level.

“Certainly by the time the next broadcast rights cycle comes around (in 2023) we have the full intention to have a team by then,” he said.

The Cowboys Women’s Academy will kick off with an introductory session in February.

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/nrl/cowboys/cowboys-lay-platform-for-nrlw-team-with-inaugural-womens-academy/news-story/fd4fb64627fc863a7e0259899ea4ead2
 

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Tully rugby league product Romy Teitzel chasing NRLW dream with Cowboys Women’s Academy
TRENT SLATTER, Townsville Bulletin
September 10, 2019 2:55pm

RUGBY league has always been in Romy Teitzel’s blood, but the Tully product never imagined a day when she would be able to represent the Cowboys in an elite women’s competition.

The fullback is among the first crop of players to join the Cowboys Women’s Academy next year as the club takes an important step towards fielding a team in the NRLW premiership.

Teitzel is one of the great success stories for women’s rugby league in North Queensland after her player of the match performance for Western Lions in last weekend’s 16-14 TDRL grand final win over Brothers.

The 20-year-old was forced to take a five-year break from the sport due to the limited opportunities for female players, but she has quickly made up for lost time.

Teitzel was part of the Townsville Blackhawks team in this year’s women’s Foley Shield which also saw her selected for Queensland Country where she came up against some of the current NRLW stars.

The Cowboys Women’s Academy aims to bridge that gap between local competitions and the elite level and Teitzel said she jumped at the chance to be involved.

“I know quite a few women that have had to travel … because there were no opportunities up in North Queensland, but for the younger girls coming through it’ll be awesome just to be able to stay up here and grow our talent and show everyone what we’ve got,” she said.

“Coming from a small town of Tully where there’s been quite a few NRL identified players from there, it was always just a sport that we were quite passionate about to get your hands on the ball and have a bit of fun.

“I think it’s a perfect opportunity for young girls and myself to be identified and develop our skills and be able to hopefully eventually reach that pathway of NRLW.”

Teitzel is still essentially a rugby league rookie, but she said it was inspiring to see how quickly the skills of female players were improving across North Queensland.

“When we first played it kind of just pass the ball, have a run — no one really knew the skill behind it all — but now it’s developing and it’s getting up there with the men,” she said.

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/nrl/cowboys/tully-rugby-league-product-romy-teiztel-chasing-nrlw-dream-with-cowboys-womens-academy/news-story/37db9838e720cef8d3aa150a225191d9
 

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The naming will be interesting when (if) they get a run. I'm a big fan of NQ Cowgirls, but you just know that outrage groups will be outraged... I'm leaning on them settling more on a renaming of both the men's and women's NRL squads to NQ Cowpeople
 
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