From Bulldogs’ to Falcons’ in less than a year

By Kirra Livingstone

A PLAYER with less than a season of league experience is one of three Beerwah Bulldogs selected for the under 16 and 17s representative Sunshine Coast Falcons teams.

Under 17s Lainey Grieve and teammate Lilli-Jean Cruise along with under 16s player Matthew Poole were the three Bulldogs players selected

It is quite an achievement for second rower Lainey, who is playing just her first season for a rugby league club.

She played once for school league, back in grade 6 before joining the Beerwah club this year on the urging of her teammates who needed a forward for their team.

Lainey said she was very excited when she found out she was selected for the team.

“I felt good, it’s a good opportunity to play with new girls and stuff like that,” she said.

The athletic all-rounder has competed as a gymnast and did Little Athletics when she was younger, but has now turned her focus towards playing for the Beerwah Bulldogs open women’s team.

“Next year I hope to play women’s for Beerwah and see how that goes because I technically can be in the under 17s next year, but I want to try to play up in the women’s,” she said.

Lainey was picked for the Under 17s Falcon squad playing in the Rees Orman City Country Cultural Exchange in Coolum. Lilli-Jean will play in the Toowoomba carnival on July 1-2.

Main image: Lilli-Jean Cruise and Lainey Grieve