The Australian Women's Rugby League, with the support of the Queensland Women's Rugby League hosted the inaugural Indigenous Women's Rugby League match last night at Brothers Ipswich Leagues club.
The Australian Boomerangs played against the touring New Zealand Maori women's side in what was declared an historical event for the two sides with both cultures coming to the front.
The Indigenous Yugura Dance Group opened the night with some melodic Aboriginal singing and dancing whilst the New Zealand Maoris started the match with the traditional Women's Hakai.
However it was the Maoris who led from the start with some inspirational play from halfback Kelly Kiwi and five eighth Puawai Hohepa. The Maoris were far too superior in both defence and attack with some hard hits and speedy linebreaks representing most of the night. The Boomerangs struggled to break the Maori defence although captain and halfback Joanne Robson pushed through some lazy defence, only to be held up over the tryline.
The Maoris won convincingly 62-0, however they will now face a tougher battle against the Australian XVII to be staged again tonight (Wednesday 8th August) at Brothers Ipswich Leagues Club with kick off scheduled for 7.00pm.
The Maoris are confident of consecutive wins and will head into Friday nights test match at Suncorp Metway Stadium keen to make it a hat trick of wins.
For further details please contact Veronica White on 0418 194 265.