The Queensland Rugby League has today announced the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons squad for the opening game of the women’s State of Origin series.
The squad includes six players who took part in Saturday’s BMD Premiership grand final between the Burleigh Bears and Wynnum Manly Seagulls.
Bears trio Tazmin Gray, Sophie Holyman and Zahara Temara played key roles in the 24-10 win over a Seagulls team that featured newly-named 2023 Maroons representatives Emily Bass, Shaniah Power and Julia Robinson.
Maroons head coach Tahnee Norris, who will be supported by assistant coaches Nathan Cross and Brett O’Farrell this year, has been impressed with the talent on show in the BMD Premiership.
“We’ve picked in-form players on the back of a really strong BMD Premiership competition,” Norris said.
"This year’s competition has gone from strength to strength and we’ve seen a number of players force their way into the squad following consistent performances over the past few months.”
Holyman and Jillaroos representative Keilee Joseph are newcomers to the Maroons squad.
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Romy Teitzel, Emma Manzelmann and China Polata are the other squad members who are now a step closer to representing Queensland for the first time.
All three have extensive experience within Queensland’s pathway programs, having been members of various senior and emerging squads.
The Maroons will enter camp at Royal Pines on Friday, May 26, to prepare for the opening game of the State of Origin series at CommBank Stadium on Thursday, June 1.
Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons squad
|Tarryn Aiken||Central Coast Roosters|
|Emily Bass||Wynnum Manly Seagulls|
|Ali Brigginshaw (C)||Norths Devils|
|Destiny Brill||Souths Logan Magpies|
|Shenae Ciesiolka||Norths Devils|
|Jessika Elliston||Tweed Seagulls|
|Tazmin Gray||Burleigh Bears|
|Sophie Holyman||Burleigh Bears|
|Keilee Joseph||Central Coast Roosters|
|Emma Manzelmann||Mackay Cutters|
|Shannon Mato||Mackay Cutters|
|Evania Pelite||Souths Logan Magpies|
|China Polata||Mackay Cutters|
|Shaniah Power||Wynnum Manly Seagulls|
|Julia Robinson||Wynnum Manly Seagulls|
|Romy Teitzel||Mackay Cutters|
|Zahara Temara||Burleigh Bears|
|Tamika Upton||Newcastle Knights|