ADF Women’s Rugby League (ADFRL) has conducted a three-day training and development camp in Darwin for the first time, bringing together sportswomen from across all three services to hone their skills and grow player’s experience.

ADFRL Women’s coach Sergeant Cory Lahz said the girls went back to basics at the training camp, building from foundation skills all the way up to complex plays. 

“It’s important to establish the basic safety and rules especially for the new players coming from a non-contact sporting background,” Sergeant Lahz said.

“The NRL have kindly given us access today to their high-end training facilities in Marrara. It’s an amazing opportunity to train with brand new facilities like these at the professional grade.”

ADFRL Women’s team captain Corporal Ebony Allsopp said she was excited to travel to Darwin from her Defence Force Recruiting role in Brisbane to participate.

“This training camp is a fantastic opportunity to build more numbers from the women’s team across the three services and let the girls know the pathways for growth as players,” Corporal Allsopp said.

“Over the three days, we have moved from ‘Catch and Pass’ drills focusing on hand placement and progressed up to running plays.

“Events like this have me feeling confident in building our ADFRL Women’s team for the NRL Women’s National Championships – with talent like this, we will field a strong side from all over the country.”

The NRLW National Championships will be held from May 18-23 in Brisbane and can lead to selection in NRLW and State of Origin teams. Six teams take part in the championships.

Officer In Charge of the training camp Warrant Officer Mark Donlan said he was pleased with the turnout and passion of the participating players.

“Our training camp has been a great opportunity to practice, develop and get to know the local ADF female players,” Warrant Officer Donlan said.

“There is a mix of skills level and experience, from beginners considering rugby league as a competitive sport through to seasoned players who play extensively external to ADF.”