Four North Queensland Toyota Gold Stars have been named in the Queensland Maroons extended squad ahead of June’s Women's Origin match on the Sunshine Coast.
Fullback Romy Teitzel, hooker Emma Manzelmann and edge forwards Shaniah Power and Rangimarie Edwards-Bruce have all been named in the 32-member squad.
“I think this is the first time we have had more than one picked from this area for the extended squad, so it’s pretty exciting for them,” said Gold Stars head coach Gavin Lloyd.
“Romy is our fullback and captain. She’s tough, is great in support, and gets through a mountain of work.
“Shaniah is a workhorse backrower who led the team in tackles last week and picked up a lot of metres.
“Rangi is a tough, gritty backrower who just does the hard stuff. She moved to the middle last week and scored a try.
“Finally, Emma is a dummy-half specialist who gets out of dummy-half a couple of times a set and gets us on the front foot.
The Gold Stars, who currently sit third on the QRLW ladder, face off against the Tweed Heads Seagulls at Jack Manski Oval this Sunday at 2pm.
Maroons extended training squad
Tarryn Aiken – Tweed Seagulls
Belinda Arthur-Clarke – Burleigh Bears
Chelsea Baker – Central Queensland Capras
Annette Brander – Central Queensland Capras
Brittany Breayley-Nati – Burleigh Bears
Ali Brigginshaw – Valleys Diehards
Lauren Brown – Burleigh Bears
Karina Brown – Burleigh Bears
Zara Canfield – Tweed Seagulls
Shenae Ciesiolka – Valleys Diehards
Brianna Clark – Valleys Diehards
Rangimarie Edwards-Bruce – North Queensland Gold Stars
Jess Elliston – Tweed Seagulls
Lavinia Gould – Valleys Diehards
Tazmin Gray – Burleigh Bears
Tallisha Harden – Burleigh Bears
Chelsea Lenarduzzi – Burleigh Bears
Shellie Long – Burleigh Bears
Emma Manzelmann – North Queensland Gold Stars
Shannon Mato – North Sydney Bears
Michaela Peck – Valkyries
Rona Peters – Tweed Seagulls
Shaniah Power – North Queensland Gold Stars
Natassja Purontakanen – Valleys Diehards
Julia Robinson – West Brisbane Panthers
Romy Teitzel – North Queensland Gold Stars
Zahara Temara – Burleigh Bears
Chante Temara – Burleigh Bears
Amy Turner – Tweed Seagulls
Tamika Upton – Burleigh Bears
Meg Ward – Valleys Diehards
Acacia Wulf – West Brisbane Panthers
Cover photo - Emma Manzelmann - Photo by Brett Pascoe