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Canberra women to play in State of Origin

Madeleine Porter

This weekend Lauren Salvestro will now be competing in Australia’s first ever Women’s State of Origin Touch Rugby League (TRL) Championships for NSW.

Originally a born and bred country girl from Griffith in south-western NSW, Lauren first started playing TRL in 2016 socially with her work colleagues. After soon realising she wanted to play at a more elite level she joined the Canberra Vikings TRL team.

Lauren has only been playing TRL for 18 months, so to reach this level of competition is an enormous accomplishment for the 24-year-old. Lauren plays as a winger for the Canberra Vikings TRL team and will be up against Queensland’s toughest players who have been selected for the Women’s Origin Team.

Comradery and friendship were two of the most rewarding aspects of playing the game for Lauren. She has found a small family at the Canberra Vikings Club and highly recommends girls of all ages from Canberra to get involved in TRL. Lauren will be playing alongside two of her closest friends and team mates from the Canberra Viking’s Club, Claudia Nielsen and Kayla Bonney. All three women will compete in the State TRL Competition on Friday 29 September and the National TRL Competition on Saturday 30 September to Sunday 1 October.

Players selected for the event have represented their local competitions at a State-level during the year at the Queensland and New South Wales State Championships.

“The event will see the highest calibre of players come together and showcase the very best TRL talent in the country” says TRL Australia’s Chief Executive Officer, Stefan Ziesolleck. “We are very excited to see our newcomers Newcastle, Greater Western Sydney and Melbourne represented on the national stage.”

With over 850 competitors and officials and around 1500 spectators expected to attend from across the country, this is a fantastic opportunity for women competing in TRL to showcase their skill and ability.

The Women’s State of Origin Touch (TRL) Championships is worthy of our celebration, because it marks a period where female elitism is being more strongly supported within the Australian sporting arena. Touch Rugby League Australia have extended their support for female competition for a number of years by offering females the opportunity to play in mixed teams.

The Women’s State of Origin game NSW Vs QLD is scheduled at 6.30pm under the lights of Dolphin Stadium on Friday 29 September in the Moreton Bay Region, QLD. To see the live footage stream, follow the TRL Facebook Page. We can’t wait to watch the Canberra girls go down in history and witness the first ever Women’s State of Origin (TRL) game in Australia.

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Madeleine Porter

Madeleine is originally from the rural area of Hay in South Western, NSW. After spending her gap year in the Northern Territory as a jillaroo on motorbikes and horseback, she decided to move to Canberra to begin her university degree. Madeleine’s currently in her final year at the University of Canberra studying a Bachelor of Communications in Public Relations/Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Although a country girl at heart, Madeleine loves everything to do with fashion and the wedding sector. Her Canberra has given Madeleine great exposure into the wedding industry through launch of Unveiled. When Madeleine completes her university degree, she is ready to venture out into the world and continue to write about her adventures overseas. More about the Author