Queanbeyan High School's Lana Bobbine tackles for girls League

Queanbeyan High School student and ACT rugby league player Lana Bobbine hopes girls will be able to play for Queanbeyan rugby league clubs again next season. Photo: Joshua Matic

Queanbeyan High School student and ACT rugby league player Lana Bobbine hopes girls will be able to play for Queanbeyan rugby league clubs again next season. Photo: Joshua Matic

HER achievements could be enough to bring back a local women's rugby league competition, and Queanbeyan High School student Lana Bobbine hopes the region's talented girls can one day play for clubs.

Bobbine was the only Queanbeyan girl to represent the ACT under 16s Raiders team at the All Schools rugby league carnival in Sydney on July 30, which also featured Penrith, Canterbury, Manly, Parramatta, Western Suburbs, Cronulla, South Sydney, Balmain, Central Coast, Illawarra, and Newcastle.

But with neither the Queanbeyan Kangaroos nor the Queanbeyan Blues clubs being able to field women's rugby league teams recently, Bobbine said she was keen to work with Queanbeyan High School in linking with local clubs to get more girls involved in the sport.

"I think it'd be a great thing because there are talented girls out there, and rugby league is a great sport to play," she said.

"It's not just for guys either. Besides touch footy, there's less opportunities for girls to play rugby league at the moment."

Queanbeyan High School physical education teacher Josh Sands confirmed the school had been in contact with the Kangaroos club, and hoped a girls team could be formed as early as next year.

This season the Tuggeranong Bushrangers, Woden Valley Rams, Goulburn Workers, Valley Dragons and Gungahlin Bulls fielded girls under 17s teams, but Queanbeyan has not been represented in the competition since 2011.

"We'd like to get these girls connected with the clubs, and that will improve the quality of sport in our school, as well as give girls the chance to play weekend footy," said Sands.

Bobbine's ACT team did not make the finals at their carnival, but Bobbine said it was still a fun experience for all involved.

"It's my first year playing rugby league at school, and was my first time representing the ACT," she said.

She made the team after trialling in April, having previously played touch football and OzTag.

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