From Balonne to London
REEGHYN Beardmore may be currently sitting her final year 12 exams, but rugby league is still the main thing on her mind.
Having just returned from a trip to England with her team, the Tooowoomba Valley Fillies, where the team won both their games convincingly, 17-year-old Reeghyn's league dreams are far from over.
"I started playing when I was five years old, my older brothers used to play, and I was a pretty energetic kid so I started playing and I loved it.
"I made a couple of Balonne-Barwon teams in under 10s and 12s, and after that I couldn't keep playing with the boys.”
In under 14s, Reeghyn played in an all-girls comp in Harvey Bay, over 630 kilometres away from St George.
Following that, she joined the Western Mustangs, where she was team captain.
Joining the Toowoomba Valley's Fillies has seen her take her passion for rugby league around the world.
"When we were England we went and visited a school, and we taught them skills and did drills. I also refereed a couple of games.”
The team won over the Whitley Bay Barbarians 42-8, and beat the Thornhill Trojans 34-6.
With the end of her schooling on the horizon, Reeghyn has been offered a job by the NRL to be a mentor for kids in rural southwest Queensland.
"I'll go around teaching kids skills and drills in this area, cause there's not many people out here.
She has also been selected for the 2019 QAS camp, designed to further progress the state's promising league stars.
Her mother Karen Beardmore said Reeghyn's passion for rugby league would take her far.
"She's been playing against the Jillaroos all year in A grade, and they've been very inspiring to her.
"They've been very encouraging, and we can only hope she'll continue to play and maybe make it some day at a higher level.”
Karen said that she was proud of her daughter for sticking with her passion.
"When the girls are younger out here, they can only play with the boys until the under 12s and then they're told no more football, but these girls find a way, and the towns are getting better at including the girls.”
Reeghhyn wasn't the only one making St George proud in England, with Madison Spackman, 19, also venturing to the United Kingdom to play for the Fillies.
"Madison was not allowed to play due to a knee operation, she was unfortunately injured playing in Toowoomba, but she was an invaluable part of the team by being a water girl,” Karen said.