Laughter, camera flashes and a few of the iSelect Gold Coast Titans filled the room at the Emerald Lakes Country Club thid week in order to recognise the women who are active members of the Gold Coast junior league clubs.

Members from 13 different junior league clubs attended this event and were acknowledged at the luncheon. The event started off with an introduction led by junior league football operation director Gary Phillips.

“Women are extremely important when it comes to rugby league, they are the backbone of each and every club.  If they aren’t there doing their job, clubs don’t run,” Phillips said. “This is only a small way of saying thank you.”

With these types of events, Phillips hopes that it will help the women to stay motivated when it comes to working and running the clubs, as well as get more women involved so the game can continue to grow.

Following the introduction and lunch portion of this event, iSelect Gold Coast Titans Greg Bird, Albert Kelly, Ryan James and Siuatonga Likiliki were asked to come up front for an open session of questions and answers. After this short Q&A session, Ryan James, with his fiancé Ana Karlos and Likiliki and his partner Rhiannon Devlin joined Titans community and game development manage Renee Cohen up front as she played host to a game of Perfect Partner.

The rest of the afternoon was spent taking pictures and socialising with the different clubs as well the players.

Phillips explained the importance of having a good relationship with the Titans, and having them be a part of events like this:

“Their success is our success. The greater impact we can have with the Titans and vice versa with us, is better for everyone and it only benefits the entire community.”