GIRL POWER: Stanthorpe girl Shanea Irwin (centre) has played a successful season of football in Brisbane. Pictured are Sala Koroi (from left), Kitana Natapu, Shanea Irwin, Adi Koroi and Jaya Crawford.
GIRL POWER: Stanthorpe girl Shanea Irwin (centre) has played a successful season of football in Brisbane. Pictured are Sala Koroi (from left), Kitana Natapu, Shanea Irwin, Adi Koroi and Jaya Crawford. Contributed

Big win for small town girl

Rugby League: What started as a way to release anger from bullying has turned into a grand final win for Stanthorpe girl Shanea Irwin.

Irwin has been travelling throughout South East Queensland to play Rugby League for the Redbank division one Under 16 girls team where they won against Waterford scoring 40 - 22 last month.

"We won all games in our season except one, which was the team we had to verse in the grand final,” Irwin said.

"That team was undefeated but in the grand final we won.”

The South East Queensland division plays games from the Gold Coast up to Caboolture, out to Toowoomba and all around Brisbane, which means travelling around twice a week for Irwin.

Before Redbank she played for a team in Ipswich for three years and prior to that for the Stanthorpe Gremlins.

However with no local girls competition, travelling around was Irwin's only option to continue the sport she's become passionate about.

"The reason I started playing was I was getting bullied in school and I just wanted to let all of that anger out,” Irwin said.

"Now I just love it.”

That passion has driven the 16-year-old Year 10 student to finish schooling this year so she can move to Brisbane next year and start studying a Diploma of Sports Massage while continuing to play on the Redbank team.

"I want to play for Queensland, so my goal for next year is to get really fit, work myself up and in the next two to three years get picked for Queensland or Australia teams.”

Irwin thanked her trainer and coach for helping her train long distance and for all they taught her.

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