Call for women to join Kingies’ success

Shannon James and Desree Fogarty
Shannon James and Desree Fogarty

The coaches of this year’s dual Grand Final winning Beaudesert Kingfishers Senior Women’s team are calling for more women to get involved in the sport. 

Keith Gee and Rob Brown have been co-coaching rugby league for a number years, and in the past five years of coaching have made four grand finals and won three. 

Both men played for the Kingfishers, with Keith going on to play professionally for Brisbane Broncos and representing both Queensland Country and Queensland in the 1980s. 

This year, the Kingfisher Senior Women’s team took out their Divisional Grand Final and backed up the following week to win the Regional Grand Final. 

Keith and Rob are looking for players to join the team, saying they don’t need to be experienced rugby league players. 

“Netballers are usually good at rugby league, they are used to contact sports and have good hand-eye coordination,” said Keith. 

Keith says while some women stop playing sport after they finish school, there are many benefits in continuing to play. 

“There’s a great social aspect, team building and of course exercise, but also a huge feeling of achievement.” 

Keith and Rob are running a series of ‘come and try’ days, with the first scheduled for Thursday 9 November at 6pm at Willis Park, corner of Beetham Street and Petersen Street, Beaudesert. 

“It doesn’t matter what you’ve played before,” said Rob, “If you are interested in playing rugby league, come along.” 

For more information contact Keith Gee on 0400 767 349 or Rob Brown on 0408 451 757. 

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