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24 June, 2021

Snakes welcome women’s Origin inspirations

THERE were plenty of thrills when about 60 Caboolture Snakes junior rugby league female players welcomed a visit from four Queensland State of Origin women’s players late on Tuesday, June 15.

Caboolture Snakes U15 player Paige Cox enjoyed meeting Queensland State of Origin women’s enforcer Chelsea Lenarduzzi at the Snake Pit.

Brianna Clark, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Destiny Brill and Queensland skipper Ali Brigginshaw appeared at the Snake Pit for the hour-long session organised by the Queensland Rugby League.

Snakes female players from Under 6s through to U17s were invited, with the Origin representatives signing autographs, posing for photos and joining in drills with the enthusiastic children while also conversing with them.

Snakes club president Teena Ryder said that Clark, Lenarduzzi, Brill and Brigginshaw were very influential, inspirational, generous and down to earth.

“What amazing role models we have for our women,” Ryder said.

“They gave hugs, answered questions, and generally chatted and had fun with our players.

“To have four inspirational women from the female (Queensland) State of Origin team attend our club was amazing.

“These women are true role models and an inspiration to our 130 registered junior females in our club.”

Fittingly, a number of the attendees bought tickets for the women’s State of Origin match, which takes place at Sunshine Coast Stadium this Friday night (June 25).

Other Queensland State of Origin women’s players attended other junior rugby league clubs, with Shaniah Power, Tamika Upton and Lauren Brown visiting the Beerwah Bulldogs.

The Coolum Colts, Noosa Pirates, Nambour Crushers and Kawana also enjoyed visits from Queensland State of Origin women’s players.

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