As an extended part of our International Women’s Day celebrations, our inaugural Junior Girls Total Rugby team was treated to an extra special training session – receiving a coaching masterclass from Brisbane Broncos captain, Ali Brigginshaw.
It’s not every day you get to run drills with one of the best rugby players in the world.
But today, that’s exactly what our Junior Girls Total Rugby Team did, as they were put through their paces by Brisbane Broncos Captain, and Female Dally M Medalist, Ali Brigginshaw!
In what was quite an incredible experience for our young female athletes, our Junior Girls Rugby team were given an opportunity to listen to, interact with and learn from women’s rugby great, Ali Brigginshaw.
During the Master Class, Ali demonstrated passing, play the ball and tackle drills, working with every member of the team to improve their basic skills, as well as highlighting some tactics our girls could employ to work cohesively as a team. “Speed! Speed! Speed!” was a common catch-cry throughout each drill – with Ali viewing this as essential when playing games in 7’s and 9’s competitions, like the competitions our junior girls will be participating in.
Not all about skills, in addition to running drills with our girls, Ali spoke about what it takes to be a rugby league player – both on and off the field.
Reflecting on her own journey, Ali has been able to rise to the the very top of the sport, but was quick to point out that it took effort, perseverance and determination.
Despite her success, Ali is very much a grounded and giving person. Pointing out an ongoing disparity between professional male and female athletes, her goal is for the female juniors of the sport to be able to play NRLW and be paid accordingly. A goal that may just be carried through by our girls, as the next generation of Australian women’s rugby.
It was an honour for Faith to host such a great talent, and we look forward to later in the term, when Ali has graciously agreed to return to the college to check-in on our team’s progress, and work with our junior girls again!