Women make history at Queensland's oldest rugby league club
LIBERTY Coombes stands at five-foot-nothing and weighs a 'mammoth' 50kg. Still, if you're seeing her coming, you'd better run - she's just itching to knock someone over.
Today is a day of firsts for the Wallaroos and for Coombes. The club hosts its first Anzac Day clash with its open women's side playing its first official game. Coombes leads them as captain for the first time and, with a fair shake of luck, she'll have her first win.
The feisty halfback, 18, who's half the side's spine together with her sister Imagen, who is 19 and packing into scrums as hooker, has been playing league since she was seven, although this is the first time since juniors that she's run out for the Roos.
She organised the team because she just loves her footy. In fact, the little blonde loves the game so much that last year she played for Nambour and drove the two-hour each-way trip twice weekly for training and once to play.
She's been trying to put together a side here for years and in 2014 it has somehow all come together.
Now the Roos have almost too many players and Coombes is beginning to get visions of women taking over and fielding a heap of sides across all age groups.
If her vision proves true, the Fraser Coast will become the home for the women's game and she'll one day find herself in green and gold playing for her country, leading them to victory and most likely doing so as captain.
"I'm hoping to make the Australian team one day," she laughed, when asked what she sees as her footy future.
"I'm captain (of the Roos), got all the players together and my dad's the manager.
"Facebook was the real big one to getting the team together, it helped like you wouldn't believe. Before then, it'd been much more difficult."