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Cowboys’ Women’s Team and Academy launched

Chemicalspill

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Ronda Rousey owning everyone in less than 30 seconds when women were first allowed in the UFC. It all moved past her pretty fast and she got exposed badly in the end. There's a few decent female fighters now such as Nunes and Shevkenko but there still isn't a lot of depth. I think the women's game will really suffer in that aspect for quite a while especially if they keep adding more teams.
Yeah the Poles and Brazilians have some really good technique. Ronda was a bully. Alot bigger than most her opponents. The two girls who beat her where her size.
 

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The Women’s NRL was pretty awful this year I thought. Quality just wasn’t there.
 

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It will improve with time, given there is investment in the grass roots. The W-League and Matildas are pretty watchable in soccer, in part because there's effort put into the development of girls and women at all levels of the game.

I agree the WNRL was pretty rough watching last year but it's just because of lack of depth of talent. Most of these women don't have the opportunity to play in a regular competition and cobble together a handful of regional games per year. Difficult to improve your skills under those conditions.
 

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Five Cowboys Women's Academy players named for QRL Performance Program
Cowboys.com.au
Thu 5 Dec 2019, 12:49 PM

Five North Queensland Toyota Cowboys Women’s Academy players have been named in the Queensland Female Performance Program for 2020.

Jenni-Sue Hoepper (Townsville), Steph Mooka (Cairns) and Shania Power (Townsville), who all took part in last month’s Indigenous All Stars camp, have all been named, as well as Rangimarie Edwards-Bruce (Mackay) and Tallulah Tillett (Cairns).

The Performance Program includes three camps in the leadup to next year's Origin, with the first one in Brisbane on December 14-15.

Queensland Female Performance Program squad
Tarryn Aiken
Heather Ballinger
Chelsea Baker
Annette Brander
Brittany Breayley
Ali Brigginshaw
Karina Brown
Brianna Clarke
Rangimarie Edwards-Bruce
Jessika Elliston
Lavinia Gould
Tazmin Gray
Stephanie Hancock
Tallisha Harden
Jenni-Sue Hoepper
Chelsea Lenarduzzi
Taimane Levu
Stephanie Mooka
Rona Peters
Amber Pilley
China Polata
Shania Power
Jessika Reeves
Julia Robinson
Gemma Schnaubelt
Frieda Seu
Elle Stitt
Mariah Storch
Zahara Temara
Tallulah Tillett
Amy Turner
Tamika Upton
Meg Ward

https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2019/12/05/five-cowboys-womens-academy-players-named-for-qrl-performance-program/
 

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Townsville girls on path to State of Origin glory, set for Summer training camps
MATTHEW ELKERTON, Townsville Bulletin
December 6, 2019 8:53am

EIGHT of Townsville’s most exciting junior rugby league players have been put on the Queensland Origin development pathway.

Cowboys Women’s Academy juniors Babetha Nona, Jordii Mahendrarajah, Nahlani Ah-Kit, Courtney Reynolds, Jamaica Lampton, Shania Nordlof, Shanaye Watson and Emma Wood (Norths Devils) have been named in a Queensland under-18s squad ahead of next year’s Origin series.

The squad of 80 emerging females brings players from across the state together for a series of four high-performance training camps beginning next month.

The camps are expected to focus on basic league skills and preparing the girls for representative duties before a reduced squad meets midway through next year ahead of the Origin clash with rivals New South Wales.

It will be in addition to the training the eight Townsville juniors will receive through the Cowboys Women’s Academy, which is expected to kick off in February.

Cowboys Elite Pathways coach Ben Jeffries, who is also the Queensland under-18s head coach, said it was an extra step on a proper pathway for women footballers beginning at under-6s.

It is also a vital part of the club’s build towards the foundation of a Cowboys NRLW side in 2023 and the club’s push to have that side filled with homegrown talent.

“We want to push these 18-year-olds into the Origin arena,” Jeffries said.

“In years to come, you will see the Origin team from Queensland will be a very young team coming through.

“These young girls have been on a rugby league pathway from under-6s and their skill development and game awareness will be much more developed than a woman in their 30s.

“Where in the past they were cut off for five years in the junior ranks, we are now seeing girls who are 16, 17 and 18 who have played all the way through.”

Jeffries said the Queensland camps and Cowboys academy program would expose the emerging league stars to training they had never seen before.

With the expected introduction of a QRL women’s competition next season to coincide with the Queensland Cup, it also comes at a perfect time for the women to make a step up. The Cowboys are expected to lodge a joint bid with their three feeder clubs to be part of the competition.

“It is just good to see them getting a clear pathway in North Queensland rather than having to chase their rugby league dreams down south,” Jeffries said.

“This is a really good opportunity for these girls to showcase themselves for future representative opportunities and better themselves on and off the field.”

https://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/sport/nrl/cowboys/townsville-girls-on-path-to-state-of-origin-glory-set-for-summer-training-camps/news-story/7b502678a932b38fa74122d7ab01ba7c
 

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Don't want to get howled down here (too much), but it reminds me of early WMMA. Some skills, but more often pretty awful and very limited depth. WMMA improved over time with exposure and opportunity and I suppose it is only a matter of time that this will.
You could really say the same about early MMA in general. Look at some of the competitors in the first few UFC events... A sumo wrestler got his teeth literally kicked half way across the cage and another dude thought it’d be a great idea to wear a single boxing glove. Laughable by today’s standards. There’s not much out there that started off as a highly skilled sport/game. It always takes a bit of evolution.
 

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You could really say the same about early MMA in general. Look at some of the competitors in the first few UFC events... A sumo wrestler got his teeth literally kicked half way across the cage and another dude thought it’d be a great idea to wear a single boxing glove. Laughable by today’s standards. There’s not much out there that started off as a highly skilled sport/game. It always takes a bit of evolution.
True, but there was no standard. It was a spectacle. Who'd have thought it would have evolved into a professional sport. The girls came in after the blue print was made. BTW, thos first ufc's were awesome. First saw it when living in America. Tank Abbott was all over the radio.
 

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North Queensland to contest in inaugural 2020 QRLW competition
Colleen Edwards
Tue 17 Dec 2019, 09:58 AM

The eight teams to take part in next season’s historic statewide women’s competition have been locked in.

The teams taking part in the QRL’s women’s premiership competition, the QRLW, in 2020 are:
  • Burleigh Bears
  • Easts Tigers
  • Brothers Ipswich
  • Souths Logan Magpies
  • Tweed Seagulls
  • West Brisbane Panthers
  • CQ Capras
  • North Queensland Gold Stars
The clubs were approved following a rigorous application process which required clubs to submit an expression of interest to the League in the first instance before further outlining how each club would fund and support their team in the new statewide competition.

Six of the eight teams were part of the strong South East Queensland Division 1 competition this past season, including the 2019 premiers West Brisbane Panthers; while two new teams will allow regional-based players to take part without having to move locations.

The two new entries are the North Queensland Gold Stars (which will be supported by the North Queensland Cowboys and will incorporate the three northern Intrust Super Cup clubs in the Mackay Cutters, Townsville Blackhawks and Northern Pride) and a CQ team which will compete under the banner of the Capras.

The new open-aged female competition is yet another leap forward for the game and will provide strong pathways for talented footballers.

The introduction of the competition ties in with the running of the QRL’s Queensland female performance programs, with the first of the senior camps taking place this past weekend.

QRL chief operating officer Rohan Sawyer spoke to the assembled players about the new competition which was met with plenty of excitement.

“This is a genuine statewide competition and will provide a perfect test for the game’s best players,” Sawyer said.

“I’m excited to see the competition take shape and look forward to watching some excellent football.”

The QRLW will kick off at the same time as all other statewide leagues, including the Intrust Super Cup.

The competition will be played over seven rounds home and away with two weeks of finals. The grand final will take place on Sunday, May 17, before the Holden Women’s State of Origin match on the Sunshine Coast in June, providing players with a fantastic opportunity to press their case for state selection.

The competition has the backing of the Australian Rugby League Commission, which approved a funding request from the QRL to get the competition up and running.

A draw will be released on QRL.com.au early next year.

https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2019/12/17/north-queensland-to-contest-inaugural-2020-qrlw-competition/
 

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Goldstars huh, not bad I guess

Sevens star Charlotte Caslick is a cowboys fan isn't she?
 

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The Gold Stars are North Queensland’s new QRLW team
Cowboys.com.au
Tue 17 Dec 2019, 12:58 PM

An elite rugby league women’s team called the North Queensland Gold Stars will take the stage in 2020 as part of the recently announced inaugural QRLW statewide competition.

Facilitated by the North Queensland Toyota Cowboys, the Gold Stars is a collaborative effort between the club’s feeder teams, the Northern Pride, Townsville Blackhawks and Mackay Cutters.

For the first time, female talent from across North Queensland will train in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay, before selected players compete in seven QRLW rounds.

Cowboys chief operating officer Micheal Luck said, “the North Queensland Gold Stars is a wonderful next step in order for our club to become a truly diverse sporting club that provides the opportunity for all players to represent their region at an elite level.”

“This new team, in conjunction with our feeder clubs, gives elite female talent within North Queensland the opportunity to train together and then wear the same jersey and play against other teams across the state.”

“Our new team’s name symbolically aligns it with the Cowboys brand, while also referencing its inherent formation as a collective of North Queensland talent.”

The announcement of the Gold Stars comes just four months after the Cowboys launched their Women’s Academy to provide elite development and coaching to players in Cairns, Townsville and Mackay.

Each region will now have a satellite squad with up to 15 players aged over 17 selected from the Women’s Academy for their chance to be play in the QRLW competition.

Cowboys elite pathways coach Ben Jeffries will take on the role of Gold Stars coaching director, working with coaching staff within the Cowboys and three feeder teams.

“I’m excited for North Queensland and for the women’s game as a whole,” Jeffries said.

“It’s great to see young women that have come through the North Queensland junior systems and into our newly formed pathways, now with the opportunity of playing for the Gold Stars.”

“This team is a true team effort and opens up a lot of opportunities, with pathways for players and roles for coaches, managers and sports trainers within our regions.”

Players within the QRLW competition will have the opportunity to compete for a Maroons jersey and other representative opportunities.

The Gold Stars also sets the club on a path to NRLW success, providing an important building block to entering a team in the franchise that will truly reflects the region’s talent.

It also impacts rugby league at the grassroots level.

“Girls in our region will now have the chance to pick rugby league as a sport when they’re young and follow it through to the big stage in the NRLW,” Luck said.

Training will start in early January 2020, with players within the satellite squads named later in the month and the Gold Stars look revealed.

The club now has eight men’s and women’s academies across Queensland, delivering 15 training sessions to players from February to May.

https://www.cowboys.com.au/news/2019/12/17/the-gold-stars-are-north-queenslands-new-qrlw-team/
 

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Lol the Gold Stars. I guess someone would be offended if we called them the Cowgirls.
 

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Goldstars??

FMD.

there is nothing wrong with calling them Cowgirls FFS.
 

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I wonder if the name is to distance it from the Cowboys a bit, because it looks like the feeder teams might be driving it and its a QRL level comp.

Gold Stars is pretty weak though.
 
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