Peregian playmaker carries Sun Coast hope

By Hayley Pointon

PEREGIAN Beach sportswoman Kelli Dunlop flew the flag for the Sunshine Coast at the Queensland Rugby League State Championship at the weekend.

Dunlop, 26, was the only Sunshine Coast woman to play at the carnival, after an impressive performance at the Harvey Norman Queensland Country and Emerging Trials in May when she was selected for the Central Crows.

“They took players from the Central Crows team and the emerging team, so they could make another Crows team [to take away],” Dunlop said.

The Crows didn’t win a match, but Dunlop says it was a great weekend away playing in a higher competition division.

“It was really good, definitely more of a higher level of footy and there was a lot of experienced girls, so it was good to play with and against them,” Dunlop said.

“I have learnt so much, so many drills and tips and things which I will bring back to club footy.”

This representative form has come off the back of an epic start to the footy season, with Dunlop captaining local league team the Noosa Pirates and also representing the Sunshine Coast at the 47th Battalion.

Dunlop also runs out for the Noosa Dolphins in the local women’s rugby union competition.

Dunlop would love to push herself further, with dreams of one day playing in the Women’s Rugby League.

“I still have my goal of actually making the Central Crows team, not the emerging. I would love to make it into the Queensland Country,” Dunlop said.

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