Howard Thrilled To Represent Country

Updated: June 1, 2018

Code-swapper Mel Howard is hoping to make an impact when she lines up for Country NSW in the inaugural Women’s National Championships kicking-off in Southport today.

Having played league initially when she was just six-years-old; Howard played Rugby Union for Newcastle University in her teenage years, before returning to league with the Berkeley Vale Panthers and Maitland Pickers before being selected for CRL Newcastle in the Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership.

After never thinking she would have the opportunity to play Rugby League at a representative level, Howard is thrilled at the opportunity to represent Country in the inaugural Women’s National Championships.

“Growing up the on Coast, around Country footy and always supporting the Country Men’s team; I didn’t think I’d ever get to represent Country myself, so it’s pretty cool,” said Howard.

With the Women’s National Championships just one of many new opportunities becoming available for female participants, Howard admits the pathways being created in rugby league were a major factor in

“I think the girls in league get more support than in Rugby Union and it’s taking off a bit quicker.”

With solid training sessions behind them, Howard believes Country are well prepared for the challenges ahead in Southport.

“All the girls just clicked; it was a really good session on Sunday so I think everyone is super keen.

“It is good to play with people that have a good idea and understanding of the game; it makes my job a lot easier.”

The Women’s National Championships will be held at Owen Park, Southport between the 1-3 June and will be live streamed via the QRL website.