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Next generation girls steal show

Caboolture Gold player didn't hold back.
Caboolture Gold player didn't hold back. Cathy Moore

RUGBY LEAGUE: The fate of the Caboolture Snakes senior women's side is in safe hands after the under-14s and 16s each completed a clean sweep of the 2017 season by going undefeated and winning their grand finals on Saturday.

The senior side finished its inaugural season in barnstorming fashion by beating North Ipswich 44-16 to snatch a finals debut in the South East Queensland Division 2 Cup.

The Snakes will go into their elimination final against Aspley as outsiders, but will know the future looks bright for the coming years with so much talent on display in the juniors.

The under-14s made it two seasons undefeated in a row when they dominated Hervey Bay 56-22, while the under-16s beat South Burnett 38-20.

Michael Crouch took over as the junior girls coordinator and coaches along with his wife Brooke.

He said they counted five girls between the two teams who have potential to play for Australia one day.

"The women at Caboolture started off from nothing and have done really well,” he said.

"The impact this year will be subtle, but over the next 24 months I think the impact of having a senior's team will have a huge impact (on the junior girls).

"(It will give them) belonging, somewhere to play and be a big part in community. Somewhere to come and have structure and feel a part of something.

"A lot of them didn't know each other at the start of the season and now they're family. More so than boys, they cling onto that.”

Crouch used to be the Sunshine Coast girls coordinator and has plans of growing the Caboolture junior girls.

The Snake have become just one of two clubs north of Brisbane to the Sunshine Coast to have a senior women's team, while their junior participation is the biggest in the area.

The senior women's team plays at 1pm against Aspley with the ground still to be announced.


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