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Boyle: NRLW changes music to my ears


The Australian Rugby League Commission has announced expansion plans for the Women's Premiership competition in 2023 and 2024.

The NRLW will expand to 8 teams from next year and 10 teams in 2024 with Expansions clubs to be determined by July.

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For the 2022 season, NRLW teams will move to a salary cap system with the salary cap set at $350,000 per team.

The new system will increase average salaries by 28% and clubs will also be given the ability to contract up to two marquee players as full-time employees with additional salary cap dispensation.

Private health insurance will also be covered for all contracted NRLW players.

Former Canberra Raider, Cobargo's David Boyle is the father of Brisbane Broncos NRLW player, Millie, and told East Coast Radio it was a move in the right direction.

"It's music to my ears because most of the girls need a job from 9 to 5 during the week because they don't earn enough money playing footy on the weekends," Mr Boyle said.

"Then they've got to hold the job and get time away from the job to play footy and all that sort of thing," he said. 

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"When I used to play, we used to have Under 21's, reserve grade and first grade on the day.

"I'd like to see a women's game in front of a man's game every weekend."

If a curtain raiser format was adopted, it would mean crowds would get two games at one venue, with a combination of crowd members at both games. 

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Elliott keen to take down Panthers

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Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has made just one change to his side to face Penrith this week. 

After missing the last two games through suspension, Jordan Rapana replaces Albert Hopoate for the Raiders. 

Canberra Second Rower and former Tathra Junior, Adam Elliott, told East Coast Radio he’s looking forward to taking on the top of the table Panthers in Canberra tomorrow (August 6).

“It’s been a game that we’ve been looking forward to for the last few weeks, we’ve been building a bit of momentum,” Elliott said. 

Listen to the full chat between former Tathra Sea Eagle now Raider, Adam Elliot and East Coast Radio Journo James Fennessy on this weekend's game, Adam's junior days with Tathra, his move to Newcastle next year and more.  

“It was great to go down and test ourselves out against Melbourne and then we backed that up with the couple of other pretty good performances in the following two weeks and now we get a chance to go up against another top four side,” he said.  

After three wins in a row, the Raiders are hoping to pounce on a slightly vulnerable Penrith outfit, that are coming off a big (34-10) loss to the Eels, and will be without star playmakers Jarome Luai, who's injured, and Nathan Cleary, after he was suspended for five-matches for a dangerous tackle on Parramatta's Dylan Brown.

Elliott said the Raiders are hoping to make it four wins in a row and push their way into the top 8. 

“Although they’re depleted with both their halves missing, they’re still a quality forward pack, and their forward pack is going to be at full strength, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

Elliott left the field at the 47 minute mark in Canberra's (24-36) win over the Gold Coast last Saturday and did not return but the 27-year-old said he's right to take his place in the side. 

“I copped a bit of a knock to my hip and it coincided with the time I was coming off the field anyway and usually I’d go back on (after a short break) and I was passed fit and right to go back on,” he said. 

“But we were going pretty good at that stage, I think Ricky just thought he’d rest me up and give me a bit more of a chance to recover for this week’s game.”

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Elliott said he reflects with fondness on his junior days playing with the Tathra Sea Eagles. 

“Some of my favourite memories growing up are playing for Tathra, whether that’s Rugby League, AFL or cricket,” Elliott said

“As kids those grand finals are something you’re really proud of and although I’ve gone on to bigger things, in playing in the NRL, I still look back at those moments of growing up and playing with my mates and that’s still the same reason I play the game today.”

Tathra will be running out in their indigenous jerseys (pictured below) as they take on Narooma at the Tathra Country Club Ground on Saturday. 

“I think it’s great, I've actually got to Tathra Indigenous Jersey at home,” Elliott said.

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“Being Indigenous myself, it's great to see how supportive the game in general is but for my hometown to run out in a jersey and the Scott family that are so involved in Tathra, to have the Indigenous representation is something that I'm really proud of and I love the concept. 

“Good luck to all the boys and girls that are playing down there.”

Unfortunately the First Grade team won’t be playing, as Narooma has forfeited however the Ladies League Tag gets underway at the Tathra Country Club Ground on Saturday from 1:30pm, the Tathra Reserves will face Batemans Bay at 12pm and Merimbula-Pambula will face Batemans Bay in the Under 18's at 10:30am. 

Tathra will also be using this round to celebrate Women in League.

“It was Women in League Round in the NRL on the weekend and I was very lucky to have so many supportive women in my life when I was growing up back in Tathra,” Elliott said. 

“I know how important they were to the junior sport in the area, whether it’s running the canteen, coaching, first-aid, refereeing, and the girls that I’ve played with along the way, just a massive thank you to them and everyone who’s continuing to do it now,”

“If it wasn’t for the great women we have in our game, the game wouldn’t be great.”

Images: Canberra Raiders,, Tathra Sea Eagles 

Millie Boyle to appear on SAS Australia

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NRLW Star with the Brisbane Broncos and former Cobargo Eel, Millie Boyle has set herself a new challenge which will be televised across the nation from Monday.

Boyle will be taking part in the upcoming season of SAS Australia on Channel 7 which sees celebrities take on a series of physical and psychological tests from an elite team of ex-Special Forces soldiers.

The 23 year old told East Coast Radio her main reason for signing up was to test herself.

"It was something that I always wanted to do and I was excited to be a part of,"

"I've always loved testing my body to see how far I can go physically and mentally,"

 Listen to our chat below with Cobargo's Millie Boyle about her SAS Australia journey. 

"I've always been in a team sport and I've had that support around me and that motivation to do better but I thought how will I go if I am just by myself and that was really the motivation behind it." 

 The first episode of the new season of SAS Australia goes to air on Monday February 21 on Channel 7 and while it has all already been filmed and edited, Millie is still unsure exactly what to expect. 

"We (the SAS Australia participants) haven't seen it  because there's a lot of things that we don't get to see that everyone else is doing at the time, that we're hidden from," Boyle said. 

"We're  are really excited to see how everyone else goes in different tasks."

In terms of what viewers can expect to see Millie said for one, there will be a lot of tears, most of them hers. 

"I cry a lot, not only for myself but I'm quite empathetic so if someone else is crying then I'm crying, so that's nearly every day."

"(Spoiler Alert) On the first day we get set on fire, pepper spray, getting gassed, there's a lot of ugly type tasks,"

"There will be more tears, snot and  broken bodies." 

Image Credit: Channel 7 / SAS Australia

NSW names Women's Origin team

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The NSW Rugby League has announced the NSW Women’s State of Origin team for the Women’s State of Origin match at the Sunshine Coast on Friday 25 June. 

Bega local, Kezie Apps will captain the side while Cobargo's Millie Boyle has been named again.

Keeley Davis and Kennedy Cherrington have been named to make their debuts.

Davis was named to make her debut at hooker last year but was was forced to withdraw through injury on game day.

Brydie Parker and Renee Targett have been named as emergencies on an extended bench.

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The team also includes 12 players from the City team which won the Country v City representative match at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday 15 May and five players from the Country team.

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s State of Origin coach Kylie Hilder said she was looking forward to going into camp with the players next month as they look to return the Shield to NSW.

"We've named a very strong team to take on Queensland and I was really impressed by the form the players showed in the Country v City match this month," Hilder said.

"I can’t wait to get into camp and I’m confident the players will give a good account of themselves and are looking forward to the opportunity to take on Queensland again."

NSW won the first two Women’s State of Origin matches in 2018 and 2019 – and had not lost an interstate match against Queensland since 2015 – before last year’s narrow 24-18 loss.

Hilder became the first female coach in the professional era to be appointed for the NSW Women’s Origin team in February and will be assisted by former Manly Warringah Sea Eagles coach Geoff Toovey.

Harvey Norman NSW Women’s State of Origin team

1. Botille Vette-Welsh (Wests Tigers)
2. Yasmin Meakes (Central Coast Roosters)
3. Jess Sergis (Helensburgh Tigers)
4. Isabelle Kelly (Central Coast Roosters)
5. Tiana Penitani (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
6. Corban Baxter (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
7. Maddie Studdon (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
8. Simaima Taufa (Mounties)
9. Keeley Davis (Mounties)
10. Millie Boyle (Burleigh Bears)
11. Kezie Apps (c) (Helensburgh Tigers)
12. Sarah Togatuki (St Marys Saints) 
13. Hannah Southwell (Central Coast Roosters)
14. Quincy Dodd (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
15. Filomina Hanisi (Mounties)
16. Kennedy Cherrington (Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks)
17. Holli Wheeler (North Sydney Bears)
18. Brydie Parker (Central Coast Roosters)
19. Renee Targett (North Sydney Bears)

Coach: Kylie Hilder

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(Photo: Women's Rugby League)