After being a part of Singleton’s winning nines side, female rugby league players, Phoebe Desmond and Brooke Carter, have stepped it up a notch.
On Saturday night the pair pulled on the blue and red of the Newcastle Knights and took to the field in an historic exhibition match against at Shark Park. According to the reports, the inaugural women’s Newcastle Knights team showed class against the Cronulla Sharks, to claim a 16-12 victory. The game kicked off at 5.15pm after their male counterparts were narrowly defeated in Round 5 of the NRL competition.
After showing great form during the first CRL Group 21 pre-season women’s nines competition, the girls efforts were rewarded with selection in the Knight’s side. Experienced forward Desmond and relative newcomer utility back Carter got the opportunity to play alongside, and against, some of the most talented females going round, including a host of Jillaroos.
Carter says she is feeling stoked as it was the “best experience” putting on the red and blue and playing alongside such talented players.
“And to have a win over a well-known and trained side feels amazing,” she says. “Playing at such a high level is hard but I would have it any other way; it’s tough, aggressive and fast.”
Desmond agrees and says it was an unbelievable learning experience. “It was pretty up tempo, definitely had to step it up a notch.” Both girls admit to feeling battered and bruised after backing up the on Sunday. They played an 80-minute match during the City versus Country trials at Penrith.