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Duo make the grade
By Mark O'Brien
AROUND State of Origin time, there is always talk of "bolters".
  Those players who get a start for their state, coming from relative obscurity to highest levels of the game.
  Now, two Canley Vale Kookaburras players have shown how to really make a bolt for the squadby being names in in the Australian women's under-18s rugby league team after playing just two games.
    Alana Tankin and Sara Sua joined the Canley Vale Kookaburras team in the Sydney Metropolitan women's A-Grade competition with one of their Hoxton Park High School teachers Linda Kitchen.
  Three games and one bye later, they are eligible to wear the greean and gold.
  "It's great," Tankin said.
  "Especially because this is our first year.
  "I'm normally a soccer player but I thought I would see if I could play league and I found out I could".
    All three of the Kookaburras' new recruits were nervous ahead of their first game, Tankin said. "We were very nervous," she said.
    "But once we got through the first game it was okay.
    "I started out as a prop but now I have switched to second row whicg gives me a bit more width and variety in the game".
    Ms Kitchen short player roster in women's rugby league meant skilful players like Tankin and Sua were in high demand.
    "Thee are only four teams in the A-grade competition," she said. "But every extra player helps."
    For more details on women's rugby league visit www.sportingpulse.com Sydney Metropolitan Women's Rugby League homepage.
Charmaine Heta
Alana Tankin (from left), Linda Kitchen and Sara Sua have made the bolt for the Aussie squad.       Photo: Mat Sullivan

With thanks

Wednesday 8th June 2005

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