From the 9s last weekend to the All Stars game tomorrow, the league season is definitely upon us. Just like the 9s though women will also feature tomorrow at Suncorp Stadium in their own game between the Women’s All Stars against the Indigenous All Stars.
One of the All Stars has a very strong connection to New Zealand.
Charmayne Nathan is from Tainui and she's only been back playing league for one year and what a year it's been.
She says, “I started playing that first year, then got selected for State of origin and played for NSW, then got selected for the Australian squad, then the All Stars and from this game it's the selection for the Aussie team to play the Kiwis in May.”
It's no surprise Charmayne is talented with the oval ball. Her mother Edith was a New Zealand touch representative, something Charmayne has also achieved.
“I played for the U19s for the Kiwis touch in the Trans-Tasman test three years ago, then came back to footy and just playing footy.
My Uncle played league when he was younger and made all the rep teams, so I do a gym session every morning and a skills session three times a week then I go to my Uncle's and do fitness and contact because he's got all the tackling pads and everything,” says Nathan.
Despite only having two days preparation for the All Stars Charmayne is confident in their ability.
“We just got into camp yesterday so we're just getting the girls gelling all together. We haven't lost to them yet, which is good and we've just got to keep that rep going,” says Nathan.
Come tomorrow Charmayne and her oval ball will again be centre stage.