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A Set Of Six With: Annette Brander

This week we return with another cracking edition of A Set Of Six, where we feature Australian Jillaroo and Queensland Maroons Lock Annette Brander.

The Caboolture native have enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks from playing for the Caboolture Snakes to representing Dragons and Broncos in the NRLW competition, all while studying as well as working for a Law Firm!

1- Growing up in Caboolture, what are your childhood memories of footy and what was your first club?

​Growing up I didn’t really know much about Rugby League. I grew up playing tennis and basketball and never really thought about playing rugby league or even knew that I could, as a female. When I was 14 years old my high school (Caboolture State High School) wanted to start their first girls Rugby League 9 a side team, which my friends finally convinced me to join and I absolutely loved it. We would go to carnivals and spend the entire day playing rugby league against other schools.  After school I joined my first rugby league club, Caboolture Snakes and played in the under 18s girls’ team. That same year I played women’s rugby league for the Sunshine Coast Sirens.

2- What was your favourite NRL team growing up and did you look up to any male/female players?

I liked the Newcastle Knights and the Brisbane Broncos when I was younger as I was born in New South Wales but lived in QLD. I don’t know why but I always really liked Kurt Gidley. When I started playing Women’s Rugby league I played alongside Steph Hancock as a 17 year old and looked up to her because she was a great player but so humble and welcoming.

3- You debuted for the Jillaroos in 2014, What was that experience of playing in the Green and Gold for the first time?

It was surreal. I had just debuted for Queensland and was so caught up in that that I was not expecting to be picked for Australia . It was an unreal experience and was lucky enough to be able to play alongside some of the greats in Renae Kunst, Steph Hancock, Heather Ballinger and Ruan Sims. I was so nervous as it was only my second game ever playing in the centres but the week was amazing and all the girls and staff made it a very fun and memorable experience.

Annette Charging the ball forward for Queensland in the 2018 Women’s Origin Game

4- What is your profession away from footy and why/how did you get started in that field?

Away from footy I am a full time legal assistant and worked in the industry for the past 7 years. I studied legal studies in high school and while studying community services after school I applied for a full time job in a law firm and decided to go that way instead.

5- You played in the first two seasons of the NRLW with both St George and then Brisbane, What was the experience of being involved in the inaugural seasons?

Amazing! I never thought that I’d have the opportunity to play for an NRL team before I retired so being able to be apart of the first ever NRLW season was a dream come true. It was an unbelievable experience and such a great step for Women’s Rugby League. I loved my time at the Dragons, it was a privilege to play for such a great team along side some amazing team mate and get out of my comfort zone but moving to Illawarra for 9 weeks. Playing for the Brisbane Broncos last year was another dream come true, I followed them growing up and always loved what the club stood for and being able to play for my home team and win a premiership was an unreal experience.

6- What are some hobbies you have away from footy to relax in your down time?

Anything outdoors. I work full time in an office so love using my spare time to get outside. I love visiting different markets and going on nature walks etc.

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A Set Of Six With: Jamie-Lee Lewis

We return with another edition of A Set Of Six for this week and we are extremely excited to be sitting down with BHP Premiership Lock and former Australian Waterpolo representative Jamie-Lee Lewis.

Jamie-Lee is the daughter of League legend Wally Lewis but is more than paving her own way in the sport while inspiring everyone she meets by smashing through the adversity of playing with Cochlear Implants as JL was born profoundly deaf.

1- Growing up in Brisbane, what were your earliest footy memories and what was your first club?

My earliest footy memories would be Touch Football days. I remember playing touch footy games at the Redlands. My first Footy club was Redlands Touch Association. 

2- You played Water-Polo for Australia, have any of the skills or lessons from that sport transfer into playing Rugby League?

Yes, there has been a few skills that have transferred to footy. I use my eyes a lot more and passing has given me lots of strength. Also be able to catch the ball with one hand easier. Discipline has been the most important lesson in sport. Waterpolo has taught me how to be disciplined. Getting up early and go to training, how to look after myself, how to eat well and also respect the coach, the staff and your teammates as well. It teaches you how to read the game well, continue to obey the rules while producing your best performance. Never give up.

3- You have changed positions a few times over the past few seasons, What do you think is your best spot on the field is? 

Lock is one of my favourite positions on the field so far. I am loving it and learning a lot. My old man reckons I should be playing five eighth haha. 

4- What is it like to be able to play for Souths Logan with your longtime friend Steph Hancock, who both your fathers (Wally and Rohan) played for QLD Together? 

It has been a privilege to play alongside Steph. One of the legends of women’s rugby league football. She never gives up. She will always have your back. Not only is she a great football player, she’s a role model and a great mentor to everyone. Steph gives so much back to the game she loves and I intend to do the same. The very first game with Steph was a special moment because both our fathers watched their daughters together alongside each other on the sideline. Our fathers played for Queensland, in the very first state of origin together. 

5- What career do you currently work in and how did you get into that area?

I work for Systems Subfloor. I got into it by my good mate. I absolutely love it. We do floor prep. Lots of physical work. Carry concrete bags/buckets. Mix concrete, top the floors. Rip up the tiles, vinyls, carpets. Grind the floor and get it ready.  It’s almost like doing weight training. I hope to finish off my apprenticeship in carpentry/cabinet maker in the future. 

6- What do you like to do away from footy to relax?

It depends on the week or weekends. I like to go to camping/4WD/adventure. Go for a hike/walk up the mountains, explore different places. Spend time with family and my dog. Or do renovations which I love doing!

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A Set OF Six With: Luke Burton

In this edition of Set Of Six With, we sit down with 2nd Rower Luke Burton to discuss his childhood memories of growing up in Bowral, to making his Intrust Super Cup Debut in 2019 where he featured 7 times in the Black and White during last season’s competition.

1- Where were you born and what is your junior footy club?

I was born in Bowral, New South Wales and Goulburn Stockmen was the junior club I played my footy with.

2- Favourite NRL team as a kid and hero growing up?

Growing up I was a big North Queensland Cowboys fan and Johnathan Thurston was by favourite player I looked up too coming through the ranks.

3- What is your current occupation and how did you get into that field?

I currently work as a Service Locator. I did start as a Vac Truck Operator before moving onto what I currently do now.

4- What are some things you enjoy doing away from footy?

Do enjoy a few quiet beers with the boys as well as heading down to the beach.

5- What does it mean to you to wear a Souths Logan Magpies jersey and represent the club?

It means a lot to me as it’s the only Intrust Super Cup team I’ve played for. Absolutely love being able to pull that jersey on gamedays with my teammates.

6- What are some goals for the future with your footy?

I’m pretty happy playing Qld Cup at the moment, but if there’s further opportunities in the coming years with higher honours Ill have a crack and see where they take me.

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A Set Of Six With: Cameron Booth

This week we kick off our A Set Of 6 series, where we sit down with your Souths Logan Magpies men’s and women’s players and get to know them better as people on and off the footy field.

First up we have been lucky enough to have a chat with the longest-tenured Magpie for season 2020 in Cameron Booth.

Cameron has played 64 games for the Maggies in an illustrious career to date, which as seen the Logan junior be a staple in the Black and White in recent seasons and is definitely a crowd favourite!

1: First of all, mate tell us about your earliest footy memory and which club/clubs you got started in?

The earliest footy memory for me would be just going down to my local club after school with mates and kicking the footy around.

2: Did you have a favourite NRL team growing up and who were your heroes as a kid?

Just like every kid who grew up in Brisbane, I loved the Broncos as a kid so I’d say them. As for a hero growing up probably just anyone who played for the Maroons, I really looked up to all the players who wore the QLD jersey as a kid.

3: You played Under 20’s with the Canberra Raiders, how was the experience of being in and around an NRL system as such a young age?

Canberra was a great experience for me as I was very fortunate to be billeted with some great people as well as the people within the club who looked after me really well.
Footy wise it was pretty good getting to play before the First Grade at the big stadiums and having all extras that the NRL systems have.

4: As a Logan kid, how was it to make your Intrust Super Cup debut for the Magpies and what does playing in a Souths Logan Jumper mean to you?

I made my debut for the club back in 2012 with the bash brothers Andrew Edwards and Mattew Cameron in the front row. I will never forget the game, with it ending in a draw after an 80-minute tussle.

I just love the Magpies being from Logan originally, I used to watch the Souths Logan games as a young fella. I was in attendance at North Ipswich Reserve in 2008, the day Souths won the GF against the Jets.

Playing for the Pies is just a lot of fun, there is nothing better than singing the song with all your mates after a great win.

5: What do you do as an occupation?

Myself and Guy Hamilton have a Landscaping business so plenty of cutting grass all day!

6: What do you do to relax away from the game and what are some hobbies you enjoy?

Away from training and the games, I like to chill out by filling in a few TAB tickets and depending on how many wins I chalk up usually decides what else the day brings.

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