Round 20 saw NRL’s celebration of Women in League and recognised their contribution to all forms of the game.
There is an increasing number of women continuing to work within the sport and female participation in the game is at an all-time high, and there’s also the women behind the men who take to the field each week.
To continue the celebration of Women in League, the Club hosted the wives and girlfriends of players at a luncheon on Saturday to thank them for all the hard work they do behind the scenes.
“The boys do have a job to perform every week and our job as a backbone, is to ensure they’re right mentally, they’re nourished and everything at home is ok,” said Victoria, partner of Ken Sio.
“If you don’t have the right mind-set then obviously, the boys aren’t going to perform.”
Immogen, partner of forward Jacob Saifiti added, “It is all their injuries, their recovery when they come home, making sure they are prepared for the next week and they have all their training gear to set them up for the week.”
During the lunch, the women also had time to reflect on the importance of women’s involvement within rugby league and the thousands who take part in the game every year.
“It is great to see a lot of women coming through but also a lot of other Australian teams in women’s sport are doing really well,” said Victoria.
“Especially in the little league, it all starts from the bottom at a grassroots level.”
Casey, partner of Pete Mata’utia added, “Women do a lot and I don’t think they really want to be recognised but they just do it because they love the game.
“It is a good thing more women are coming on board, it shows it’s not just a male dominated arena.”
Immogen concluded, “If you see some of the women play, they are so talented so I think it is important to recognise them.”