Gray Delighted To Take Home National Championships Title

Updated: June 7, 2018

Taylah Gray is thrilled to be back playing Rugby League and will never forget the experience of winning the Women’s National Championships with NSW Country.

Gray says that winning the inaugural National Championships Title, especially to do so in a Country Jersey was something very special.

“I don’t even think I can verbally express how much how it means…everything and more,” Gray said.

Hailing from Dubbo, Gray started playing Rugby League for Dubbo PCYC when she was six year’s old but stopped playing soon after.

Gray moved to Newcastle four years ago and started travelling to Sydney each week to play for the Greenacre Tigers in 2017, before making the switch to the Canterbury Bulldogs this year.

Gray acknowledged her return to League was because of her love of the game and the new pathways that are creating more opportunities for female players.

“Seeing a lot of the Jillaroos women play and love it, I thought ‘if they can do it; I can do it as well.’”

Gray admitted that the Final match against NSW City; where Country managed to grind out a 16-12 win, was the hardest game of Rugby League she has ever played.

“When I rang my mother afterwards I said to her ‘that was the toughest game of Rugby League I’ve ever had to play in my life.’

“I played against two of my team mates, Eliana Walton and Eliza Wilson; we play at the Bulldogs together and that was even tougher because I know how well they can play.

“Eliana Walton put her body on the line; she got injured but she got back up and kept going and it just shows how much fight she has.”

Gray relished the opportunity to play alongside experienced players such as Jillaroos Isabelle Kelly, Bec Young, Kezie Apps, Ruan Sims and Sam Bremner.

“That was an experience of a lifetime; they really took me under their wing, they gave me advice before the game and during our warm ups; they assisted me a lot.”