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Get to know: Chantelle Graham

Ahead of the nib Newcastle Knights introduction to the NRL Telstra Women's Premiership, we sat down with the squad members who are creating history in the red and blue.

We caught up with local product, Chantelle Graham, to get to know her a little better.

A Souths Merewether junior, Graham also recently took out the Country Women's player of the year award at the NSWRL Brad Fittler Medal night.

Name: Chantelle Graham

Position/s: Lock, second row, utility

Junior Club: Souths Merewether

You’re journey in the game? Where have you played before?

I started playing rugby league in the inaugural 9's competition a few years ago, whilst also playing a bit of league tag, touch and Oztag. From there I was given the opportunity to join the Newcastle Country Championship squad in 2019. A few months later I received a call from Rick Stone who offered me a place in the CRL Newcastle (Harvey Norman NSW) squad in which I accepted. I joined the squad a few months into it which was quite scary, but made some great friendships, got some proper training and the opportunity to play a few games. I continued to play Country Champs in 2020 and 2021. I got the opportunity to captain the side in 2021 and we got to the Grand Final and won the 2021 title.

How excited are you to be a part of the first ever NRLW side for the Newcastle Knights?

Very excited but also nervous. It’s only early days for me, I can’t wait to see how the season pans out overall. We have so much talent in the squad and I can’t wait to get to grow as a player and learn.

What’s your hopes and expectations for the season ahead?

For myself, I have no expectations other then to be the best I can be, as a player and as a team mate. For the team, I have the expectation that we will do well in the competition and that we will set high standards for the future females coming through.

What are you most looking forward to for the season?

Getting the opportunity to receive a high level of training, education and support.

Favourite movie?

The Karate Kid.

Best piece of advice you’ve received?

From my manager, if somebody offers you an opportunity, but you are not sure you can do it, say yes and take all as a learning opportunity. Professionalism and respect will come to those who will take that opportunity to learn. Make sure you own it and be humble.

Best joke?

Sundays are always a little sad, but the day before is a sadder day.

Where did you grow up?


Who is most important to you?

My family.

Greatest on-field moment?

Winning the grand final for Country Championships in 2021.

Greatest off-field achievement?

Receiving my Bachelor of social work with honours certificate.