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Brander can get back on to rep stage, says state coach

GOT A HOLD: Jillaroos player Annette Brander latches on to Laura Mariu of the Kiwi Ferns.
GOT A HOLD: Jillaroos player Annette Brander latches on to Laura Mariu of the Kiwi Ferns. LUKAS COCH

RUGBY LEAGUE: She just missed out on Queensland selection but coach Adrian Vowles says Annette Brander can bounce back to the representative stage.

It was only five weeks ago the 24-year-old played for Australia against New Zealand - which is why she's the Sunshine Coast Sports Federation's Senior Sports Star of May - but she was surprisingly left out of the state squad when it was announced on Thursday.

"There were trials on the weekend and...there were other girls who performed a bit better," Vowles said.

"That's all it came to unfortunately for Annette.

"Plenty (of good players) have missed out. She's not the only one in that boat."

But Brander is still thereabouts.

She will be part of a training camp with the squad and could still get a call-up if injuries strike before the clash with New South Wales next month.

And Vowles believes Brander will rebound sooner rather than later.

"She'll work hard and I'm sure it won't be long and she'll be back to where she belongs," he said.

"She is every chance of still playing (rep footy) and every chance of playing for the Jillaroos."

A hardy backrower/centre, Brander has played a selection of games for her state and her country in recent years.

Topics:  annette brander jillaroos queensland rugby league


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