LOYAL SUPPORT: Ali Brigginshaw (left) and Natalie Dwyer accept a cheque from Ipswich Rugby League Old Boys Des Taege (front) and Bob Christison.
LOYAL SUPPORT: Ali Brigginshaw (left) and Natalie Dwyer accept a cheque from Ipswich Rugby League Old Boys Des Taege (front) and Bob Christison. Contributed

Old Boys happy to help Jillaroos

YOU don't have to be an old boy, or even a boy, to receive assistance from the Ipswich Rugby League Old Boys Association.

If you are connected to league in Ipswich, they are likely to be on your side.

Ipswich's two Australian women's team representatives Ali Brigginshaw and Natalie Dwyer recently discovered as much.

The Jillaroos were presented with $500 from the Old Boys to help fund their way to the World Cup in England next month.

Making the presentation was Old Boys president Bob Christison and secretary Des Taege.

"Everything helps," Brigginshaw said.

"They've always helped me through, since I started playing."

Brigginshaw first met Taege when he accompanied the Ipswich under-12 tour to Maitland, on which Brigginshaw played a decade ago.

Since then he has followed her career closely.

It shows what a close-knit and supportive group the Ipswich rugby league community is.

The Jillaroos leave for the UK in three weeks and have been training together every second week, with a weekend training camp once a month.

Brigginshaw believes the Australians are on track to overturn the recent dominance of the Kiwi women, who have won the last three world cups.



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