In a league of their own
THE women behind the games of footy we love to watch were thanked by Queensland Rugby League at the Brisbane Broncos Club recently.
Bank of Queensland Gympie branch owner manager Jellina White was invited to represent the women of Gympie at the League of Ladies Lunch, which celebrated women and their roles in rugby league on all levels - from junior to national leagues.
A selection of women from clubs throughout Brisbane and regional Queensland were invited to the lunch as a thank you for all the effort they've put into their affiliated clubs.
"If it wasn't for mothers, such as the ones that slave away in the canteens, the clubs wouldn't be able to keep ticking over," Jellina said.
She was invited to attend the event by Gympie Rugby League Junior Development officer Darren Burns for being the major sponsor as well as the treasurer.
Jellina's son Brent currently plays U15s for Gympie Jnr Devils and the whole family has been involved with the rugby league in Gympie since she moved them to her home town in 2008.
Husband Rob, whom she met while working in BOQ's Brisbane branch in Queen St, played for Souths in Brisbane.
The Ladies Lunch was established in recent years to honour the hardworking women behind the scenes.
Helen Griffin, wife of Broncos' coach Anthony, club captain Sam Thaiday's wife Rachel, and Angela White, wife of the club CEO Paul White, presented a behind-the-scenes look into the roles they play in rugby league.
"It's important to celebrate the people behind the sport and how much effort and work goes into organising the games," Jellina said.
Gympie Rugby League Junior Development officer Darren Burns said it was good to officially recognise Jellina's contribution to Gympie Junior Rugby League.
He said through generous sponsorship, including the provision of a car for him to use to get around for the development program, Jellina's contribution has been very beneficial to the program.