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10 August, 2021

Ladies call close on first season

THE Atherton Roosters Women’s side has pulled the curtain closed on their first ever season as they made history over the past few months being the clubs first ever women’s team to play in the CDRL competition.

By Rhys Thomas

Roosters Ladies player Arielle Marks.

THE Atherton Roosters Women’s side has pulled the curtain closed on their first ever season as they made history over the past few months being the clubs first ever women’s team to play in the CDRL competition. 

This past season marks the first time that a women’s tackle division has been included in the regular CDRL season with six teams playing over 10 games. 

Unfortunately, the Atherton Roosters ranked dead last after their last game against Yarrabah, however this did little to damper the ladies’ spirits.

One of the organisers for the team and player Kylie Willson said that despite some hiccups along the way the ladies got on the field for their first season. 

“We have had our fair share of hurdles to overcome along the way,” she said. 

“Being from a smaller population area and a rural setting compared to many of the other clubs in the competition it was hard to get the numbers required for a squad. 

“We were met with some doubt that we would be able to field a side by some people in the other clubs, but after hosting some development sessions, advertising and a lot of hard work we had the numbers we needed to enter the competition.”

While Mareeba was unable to secure the numbers required to field their own women’s side the Atherton Roosters ladies welcomed them with open arms to ensure that those interested still got a chance to play. 

Now the ladies will be taking a rest as they mark down the 2022 season on their calendars. 

“There have been so many positives to come out of this season and we are really looking forward to what 2022 will look like to our team and our club.”

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