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Titans hold no fear for second season of NRLW

As the Titans NRLW side prepare for their second season in six months, the side hold no fear about how far they can go in their second run.

Led by new Coach, and Director of Female Rugby League, Karyn Murphy, the Titans were the only new side to make the finals in the 2021 season and have their eyes on a bigger prize in 2022.

The side has welcomed back majority of the inaugural squad and added some new spark with the likes of Lauren Brown, Rona Peters, Madison Bartlett and Emily Curtain, amongst others.

The squad commenced training last week and finished week one with an army-style training camp focused on building mental toughness and resilience within the group.

Murphy said the camp was a way to fast track squad cohesion.

"We have got a new group with a very short pre-season this time around, so I wanted to bring the group together as quick as I could, and we thought an overnight camp with Testing Limits Together would be of great benefit for the season ahead," Murphy said.

"We had about 22 hours together and it was jam-packed with a lot of challenges, but we definitely achieved our goal of the bonding side but also building that mental toughness."

Friday saw a number of team building exercises, with the group put through their paces at Tallebudgera Creek until late in the evening.

Day two then started with a 5am wake-up as the camp continued to test the squads physical and mental toughness, before finishing by conquering the 10-metre platform at the Gold Coast Aquatic Centre.

Led by Murphy, who has a fear of heights, the squad each took their turn to take a leap of faith off the high board

"I am actually one of those ones that has a fear of heights - I don't go anywhere near the edge of cliff or anything like that," Murphy said.

"I watched April (Ngatupuna), who took about 16 minutes on the five-metre board (to jump).

"We spoke about team first and when she took the leap, it was huge for her and the team and I couldn't say no from there."

So having conquered their fear of the high-board and now taken charge of the clipboard and whistle, what does Murphy believe is possible for this group in 2022?

"I am really excited by the group that we have put together for this season - they are good people and good footballers," she said.

"We are only a week in but from what I have seen I think they will go well this year."

Acknowledgement of Country

Gold Coast Titans proudly acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we are situated, the Kombumerri families of the Yugambeh Language Region. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging, and recognise their continuing connections to the lands, waters and their extended communities throughout South East Queensland.