Cee-anna Hopgood is thrilled there will be a girls rugby league competition and she will be playing for the Hervey Bay Seagulls.
Cee-anna Hopgood is thrilled there will be a girls rugby league competition and she will be playing for the Hervey Bay Seagulls. Carlie Walker

Xavier girls get set to prove win

ONE PERSON who is definitely excited about the new women’s rugby league competition set to be played in Bundaberg next year is Cee-anna Hopgood.

The keen league player goes to Xavier Catholic College and competes with the school – and quite a few of the players on her school team are hoping to head to Bundaberg next year to be part of an under-17 girls competition.

An open-age team is also in the offing, with plenty of interest expressed in both teams.

The girls will play for the Hervey Bay Seagulls, something that will make the experience even more special for Cee-anna, 15.

Her brothers have played for Seagulls, along with her grandfather and her dad, Dale.

The Xavier side proved just how good they were when they defeated a Sunshine Coast representative side when Maryborough played Brisbane in the centennial match earlier in the year.

The game went to golden point and the girls were able to hold their nerves to win the game – and it also proved to those who mattered that the girls were ready to compete at a high level.

“Billy Moore wanted to get it up and running.

“He came and saw us play in Maryborough and talked to some people about getting a competition started in Bundaberg.

“I think when we played the Sunny Coast we showed how good we really were.”

Cee-anna, who plays in the front or second row, said that the new competition wouldn’t just be fun for the girls involved – she predicts that the spectators will also get a lot of entertainment out of watching girls prove they can be just as good at the sport as men.

“People are used to watching the boys – I think it will be interesting for them to watch the girls.”

Cee-anna is especially thrilled that she will now have somewhere to play football once she leaves school.



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