Super 8s is Ali's 'favourite comp'
ENDORSEMENTS don't come much bigger than from the mouth of the best women's rugby league player on the planet.
Ipswich's Ali Brigginshaw has again thrown her support behind the Ipswich Super8s competition ahead of the season opener at Jim Finimore Oval tonight.
The two-time Women's Rugby League World Cup winner and Australian Jillaroos five-eighth was last year named MVP after helping her Brothers Meerkats team to an upset tournament win.
And the former junior Australian touch football representative was bullish in her assessment of the Super8s as her "favourite comp to play in”.
"Everyone is strong, last year they were and I can only imagine the teams being stronger again (this year),” Brigginshaw said.
"This competition is huge in SEQ, and I can honestly say I've played in a lot of (touch football) competitions and this is by far the hardest I've played in.
"I like it because you have two games to play every Friday night. If you're travelling an hour to play, you're getting two high quality games of touch football.
"Every game you watch is of such a high standard. There's no weaker teams, you can't rock up to a game and just assume you'll win and that's what's so good about it.
"It's all about who performs on the night.”
Brigginshaw's side, now renamed the Heisenberg Haus Meerkats, shocked their more fancied opponents in the knockout stages last season to take out the women's draw.
But now the Meerkats are a known commodity, Brigginshaw is expecting a target on the team's back.
"We were never expected to beat the teams we did,” she said.
"In that semi final we beat one of the top teams in Australia. We didn't have any expectations on ourselves, we just went out there and played our game.
"There was no pressure on us, and we just put it all on the line. It was a huge win for us.
"We have pretty much the same team this year, hopefully everyone is fit and ready to go.”
The Jillaroo stalwart said touch football would always have a place in her heart.
"I've always had a love for both, I'm always keen to run on with whichever team I can,” Brigginshaw said.
"It's very similar to league, just minus the tackling. I've taken a lot of things from touch into league, I think both intertwine together quite well.”
Injury will sideline Brigginshaw for the first week of competition, but she expects to be back in action next Friday night.