Young Hopes National Championships Victory Will Inspire Female Players

Updated: June 7, 2018
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Jillaroo Bec Young hopes NSW Country’s National Championship win will inspire the next generation of regional-based female players, who now have more opportunities than ever through the expansion of CRL pathways.

“I strongly believe that the win will inspire the next generation…speaking of the next generation; we had Keeley Davis, Rikeya Horne; these girls are all only 17 years old,” Young said.

With almost 50% of all nationally registered female players participating in CRL tackle and tag competitions; the pathways for country girls continue to grow.

“We know how important it is for those young girls to develop their skills with the pathway through League Tag and the Nines and going to that next step to tackle footy and 13 aside.

“If they want to pursue Rugby League I’d encourage young girls to get involved with those clubs and competitions and really push hard.”

In recent times CRL has introduced League Tag into the Country Championships, as well as created Nines competitions in the Illawarra, Riverina, Central Coast-Hunter, Group 4, Group 19, Group 21, Hasting’s League and Western Region.

Young believes that winning the National Championships was a high point of her career and the NSW Country team’s strong bond is what led them to victory.

“To go out and win for NSW Country was a massive achievement.

“I’ve never had the privilege of wearing a Country jersey before; so me for me it was personally a massive highlight of my career.

“There was a comradery that was built through all the staff and all the team.

“Just the girls getting together and our professionalism; we stepped up to that next level because of the support we had around us I feel.”

Young, a Two-time World Cup winner admitted that the main driver for the team in the Final against NSW City was coach Matt Parish’s belief in their ability as well as the their attitude.

“I just didn’t want to let the girls down and I think that was the feeling in the camp and going out there; especially without our star players.

“At half time Matt looked at us and said ‘the team that holds the ball and the team that wants it more is going to win.’

“As a team, we wanted to go out and show him as Coach and show everyone that we wanted it more.

“I’m so proud of all the girls; we just stepped up and Matt had faith in all of us.”