Group 19 rugby league: Guyra have two chosen for rep honours

UP-AND-COMING TALENT: Taneika Landsborough was chosen as part of the Group 19 represenative squad. Photo: Lynverell Photography.

UP-AND-COMING TALENT: Taneika Landsborough was chosen as part of the Group 19 represenative squad. Photo: Lynverell Photography.

The Group 19 women’s nines tournament has wrapped up and the Guyra Super Spuds girls finished it on a winning note. 

EXCITED: Guyra's Britt Youman wasn't expecting to be included in the Group 19 squad for the Greater Northern championships. Photo: Lynverell Photography.

EXCITED: Guyra's Britt Youman wasn't expecting to be included in the Group 19 squad for the Greater Northern championships. Photo: Lynverell Photography.

After finding their feet in the first two weeks of the competition Guyra faced Warialda for the final match and managed to clinch a win. 

The tournament also acted as a selection trial for the Group 19 representative squad for next year’s Greater Northern championships. 

Of the Guyra girls, skipper Britt Youman and fullback Taneika Landsborough were chosen in the wider train-on squad. 

Youman had never played tackle before the first week of the nines and didn’t expect her name to be read out for further honours. 

“I loved the nines, it was run really well and I think every single lady that was there enjoyed themselves,” she said. 

“The first week we obviously didn’t go that well, but by the third week we had improved so much even won a game. 

“No not at all, I never thought I would be picked.

“I was very overwhelmed as I said I never expected it.

“It means a lot to me to get picked never really done anything like it before, now time to get training and get a bit more fit.”

It is history in the making with 2019 being the first year women’s tackle rugby league being introduced to the country representative program. 

Youman believes the sky’s the limit for women’s rugby league. 

“I think women’s tackle will only get stronger in the future, may even out do men some day,” she said. 

“People seem to really enjoy it, I’ve heard a few people say that ‘women play like we used to years ago!’”

Glen Innes were crowned the winners of the nines, finishing undefeated after beating the reigning champions, Moree Boomerangs, in the final.