Two Redbacks named for Qld
TWO Ipswich Redbacks players have been selected in the Queensland indigenous women's side after starring at the Murri Rugby League Carnival.
Redbacks halfback Courtney Robinson and five-eighth Sinnetta Broome were both selected in the side to play the New Zealand Maori at Wynnum on October 18.
Coach Jamie McQueen said 16-year-old Robinson, who lives in Lowood and attends Ipswich State High, is a star of the future, refusing to take a backward step at the carnival.
"She is very tiny for a halfback but pound for pound she would have been the toughest player at the carnival," he said.
"She was tackling forwards, and she got dished out some punishment when she got tackled, but she kept ploughing on for the three or four days.
"I coached her in the Swifts under-15 girls rugby league side last year and she was a standout performer."
Broome, 23, also had an outstanding carnival.
"Sinnetta gave us some structure and she has a strong running, kicking and defensive game," McQueen said.
McQueen said his side came sixth in the competition and had a real tight bond.
"The Redbacks are a family side," he said.
"It was the third year for the Redbacks men's team but my wife Sharon decided to round up a women's side. Most of the girls in the team are her nieces.
"They played really well in the carnival for their first attempt.
"The players are all family members so we are all really proud.
"We like to give our girls the opportunity to participate in these big sporting events."
McQueen said former Queensland indigenous greats were at the carnival at Redcliffe's Dolphin Oval and were supportive of the girls.
"We ran into blokes like Sam Backo and Colin Scott and they had a yarn to us. It is just really good for the community."