Women in League Round Wrap – Sharks celebrate in style
This was Round 16 of the NRL Women in League with the theme ‘Play Your Part’ which is exactly what the Sharks did to celebrate the week and the contribution of women in the NRL and throughout the rugby league match.
Culminating with a big win for the NRL team over Souths, where the players came together for a post-match appreciation event with the important women in their lives, the activities touched on all touchpoints, giving the female staff and women from the local community the opportunity to engage with the club in a meaningful way.
It started on Monday with an unconscious bias training course for the senior leadership group, facilitated by Diversity Australia, before later in the day a mental health personal development session for female staff led by the Head of Government and of the Sharks community, Jessica Macartney.
Later that evening, the Mental Health Personal Development Workshop was offered online to female JRL volunteers.
On Tuesday, female Sharks staff from across the company, including Macartney, Morgan Te Oka, Rachal Allan, Lauren Chester, Julia Tzoukos and players from our Harvey Norman Womens team, took part in a Women in League Careers in Sport presentation. School at Endeavor Sports and Our Lady of Mercy College, while NRL Senior Referee Kasey Badger on Tuesday night hosted a special Train Like an NRL Referee session at PointsBet Stadium for more than a dozen interested young referees from the area .
(CLICK HERE to see the Sharks media presentation of the evening “Train like an NRL referee”).
Unfortunately, a gala day for girls under 12-18, scheduled to be played at the Ridge Sporting Complex, with Sharks players Harvey Norman arranged to attend, was canceled on Wednesday due to weather and… state of the land.
Additionally, the Sharks Women’s Presentation Night was held at Sharks at Kareela on Thursday for the Harvey Norman Premiership and Tarsha Gale teams to acknowledge and recognize their seasons, while rewarding their best players throughout the year, with the Coach Tony Herman, in recognition of the influence he had on the success of the club’s Women’s League Role Model Women’s Program.
(CLICK HERE to see an op-ed from the Sharks website detailing the winners)
Match day on Saturday and the activities continued, two junior league demonstration matches took place on the pitch at the head, featuring four girls teams, refereed by female referees, the NRL Coin-Toss was directed by Sharks Tarsha Gale Player of the Year Kirsty Sant, with the Shark Alarm to kick off the NRL game sounded by Lesharn Ramien, Mila Tolman, daughters of Sharks stars Jesse Ramien and Aiden Tolman.
A group of the club’s senior female members were on the pitch and up close to watch the NRL warm-up, before an honor guard included the players’ mothers, partners and daughters to welcome the team in the field.
The Aramex special delivery was won by a lucky member and the joint MineSpec Parts Mermaids and All Ages Women halftime mini-dance show was a huge hit with the crowd in attendance.
Media content for the week included a feature article from Sport Australia detailing Sharks staff members Julia and Rachal’s participation in the Women Leaders in Sport programme, with two outstanding profile stories posted on the website relating to HNWP captain Maddie Studdon and our stadium operations coordinator. Lawrence Chester.
(CLICK HERE to view Maddie Studdon’s profile)
(CLICK HERE to view Lauren Chester’s profile)
And a standout play featuring Royce Hunt, wife Shavaun and baby Wolf aired on Channel 10 on Friday, providing an example of the sacrifices wives, mothers and partners often make to enable their men to pursue the dream. of the NRL.
It’s been a huge week for the Sharks in recognizing the role women play in and around the club, and the sport of rugby league, at all levels.