Neil Cadigan

After just seven games with the Gold Coast Airport Tweed Heads Seagulls inaugural women’s team, halfback Tarryn Aiken has completed a remarkable first season in senior rugby league by being one of the first players signed to Brisbane Broncos’ WNRL squad for the second national club season starting in August.

The 20-year-old university student was one of five players this week added to the Broncos’ contract list to represent the defending premiers who will be coached by Aiken’s Tweed Heads coach Kelvin Wright.

The Australian touch football representative was impressive for the South East Queensland team in the recent national championships and her Broncos selection continues the incredible run of achievements for the Tweed side that this season entered the SE Queensland division one competition.

Jessika Elliston was last week chosen in the Queensland team to play in the State of Origin match against on June 21 while CJ Sims and Teaghan Hartigan have also been selected in Fiji’s team to take on the Papua New Guinea Orchids on Sunday June 22 at Leichhardt Oval in Sydney. If they play (CJ has been sidelined with a fractured cheekbone), they will be the club’s first women’s international representatives.

Aiken was one of five elite players the Broncos this week added to their NRLW squad for the 2019 season.

Centres Meg Ward and Amber Pilley as well as lock Rona Peters return after starring in the Broncos’ 2018 premiership victory while Aiken and Amber Hall will be given their first taste of NRLW. Hall is a blockbusting and creative front or back rower who has represented the Kiwi Ferns.

Ward, Pilley and Peters were last week named in the Queensland squad for the Women’s State Of Origin to be played at North Sydney Oval on June 21.

The Broncos have now announced nine of their 22-player squad for 2019, after last week’s news that captain and halfback Ali Brigginshaw, fullback Chelsea Baker, and props Heather Ballinger and Steph Hancock had all re-committed to the club.