Jessika Elliston’s rise has continued with the Gold Coast Airport Seagulls women’s team second-rower having been added to the Brisbane Broncos side for the upcoming NRL women’s league.
In a wonderful vote of confidence in Tweed’s inaugural women’s campaign, Elliston joins teammate Tarryn Aiken in the Broncos’ side, coached by Seagulls mentor and former Kiwi Ferns coach Kelvin Wright, for the second NWRL season.
They will play alongside some of the greats of the Australian women’s game in captain and halfback Ali Brigginshaw, fullback Chelsea Baker, and props Heather Ballinger and Steph Hancock.
The Broncos, who won the inaugural NRL competition with a 34-12 win in the final against Sydney Roosters, have named 15 of their 22-player squad to go into the season which begins next month.
Elliston, in her first season of rugby league after concentrating her skills on rugby sevens, was chosen on the interchange bench for Queensland in last Friday night’s State of Origin clash with NSW, won by the Blues 14-4.
She and Aiken have been the stand-out players for the Tweed side who go up against Burleigh Bears in the local derby, to kick-off at 4pm at Piggabeen Sports Complex tomorrow (Saturday).
Brisbane Broncos 2019 NRLW signings: Tarryn Aiken, Chelsea Baker, Heather Ballinger, Annette Brander, Ali Brigginshaw, Jessika Elliston, Lavinia Gould, Amber Hall, Steph Hancock, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Rona Peters, Amber Pilley, Julia Robinson, Rosemary Vaimili Toalepai and Meg Ward.