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With less than two weeks to go for the 2022 NRLW season, we caught up with our squad members to get to know them a little better. 

We sat down with 20-year-old Makenzie Weale to discuss her NRLW debut and working in the Mines. 

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The former West Brisbane Panther and Queensland Under 19 back-rower averaged 136 run metres per game and has crossed four tries. In 2020, Weale was exempted to play underage as a 17-year-old in the state-based competition.

Makenzie will have her first crack at the NRLW after featuring in each of the last three BMD Premiership Seasons for the West Brisbane Panthers.

Name: Makenzie Weale

Position/s: Second-row/centre

Junior Club: West Arana Panthers

How did you find Rugby League?

Through my brother, I was originally playing Rugby 7s and then I decided to give rugby league a shot. 

Your journey in the game? Where have you played before?

I've followed Wests pathways in Brisbane so Wests Arana, Wests Mitchelton and Wests Brisbane Panthers.

Where is your hometown?

Brisbane, Queensland. 

What are you most looking forward to this season?

The opportunity to learn and be around new people in a different city and have full concentration on footy. 

What are your goals for the 2022 season?

 To get a game and debut, that's my main thing. 

Favourite canteen snack as a kid?

Chips and gravy.

Favourite Shape flavour?

Cheese and Bacon.

Worst gift ever received?

Gift vouchers.

Best piece of advice you've received?

Run towards the roar.

Greatest on-field moment?

Probably playing with one of my friends in Panthers and linking up throughout our pathways journey.  

Greatest off-field moment?

Working at the Mines and the job opportunity at the company I'm with. I started an Electrical apprenticeship and I was bugging my boss to get me out there. I was there for a couple of weeks before this came up.  I'm sure I'll return soon.