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 former North Queensland Gold Stars flyer, Katie Green, to get to know her a little better.
Having joined the Knights along with a host of her Gold Stars teammates, Green is ready to grab her first NRLW opportunity with both hands.
Name: Katie Green
Junior Club: No junior club, played touch football in my junior years.
You’re journey in the game? Where have you played before?
My journey started through touch football and then from there made my way into rugby 7’s. Sadly in my home town, Mackay, rugby union for women wasn’t very big, so that’s when I made the jump over to league and since then I haven’t looked back.
How excited are you to be a part of the first ever NRLW side for the Newcastle Knights?
I would range my excitement from being a little kid and Santa and the Easter bunny are coming on the same day! You can’t sleep and you're just so ready for the day to come. Mixed in with that is also gratitude and honour. It is something I never thought I would get to experience being a part of the first Knights NRLW team. Now it is here, I am ready to rip in!
What’s your hopes and expectations for the season ahead?
During this time, I hope to learn as much as possible to help develop myself and my football career. Living up north, you don’t normally get this sort of training unless you move to the bigger cities. Then off the back of this season, I am looking to crack into the top 30 Queensland Origin women's squad and learn from some of the best in the game.
What are you most looking forward to for the season?
I am looking forward to having my partner and family come down to hopefully watch me run out in Round 1. They have been by my side this whole journey and having them there to watch me would be an amazing way to thank them!
I love Disney movies. To hard to pick one!
Best piece of advice you’ve received?
‘Hard work beats talent when talent doesn’t work hard.' I've seemed to live by this, and got this from my Club back home.
Where did you grow up?
I grew up in Mackay, Queensland and spent a little time in Toowoomba.
Who is most important to you?
My partner Luke! Also my parents.
Greatest on-field moment?
Winning a third premiership in a row and getting player of the final. Got to do this with the same team and coach was something that I hope I get to be a part of again in the future.
Greatest off-field achievement?
Received national runner-up for best team leader in veterinary nursing in 2021. This was something that shocked me but I love my job and so thankful for the people I get to work with. They are one of the reason I am here playing the game I love. Thank you Stabler and Howlett Vets!
Any sporting heroes?
My sporting hero Katie Gieger. Katie has had a massive impact in my sporting career through touch football and my off-field development as well. She has influenced and encouraged me to always be myself and trust in my abilities.