Just over a month ago, Bobbi Law was brought into the CRL Newcastle fold, and put into the centres for the star-studded team. She quickly set about proving her talent for the sport, scoring twice in her opening four games.
The appearances for Rick Stones’ side in the NSW Women’s Premiership earned her a seat on the plane to Burleigh, where she linked up with the representative NSW Country squad set to defend their Women’s National Championships crown.
Law was unleashed in the team’s opening match, playing in her natural centre role. She scored three tries in the 54-nil rout against the Australian Defence Force roster, with her second two four-pointers coming within six minutes of each other.
For the 21-year-old star, she didn’t feel like she’d done anything special, however, even though she’d just chalked her first rep hat-trick in the brown and orange of NSW Country.
“The whole team just played well, and we had hard ball-runners like Kezie [App] setting up the backs for a lot of open-play ball, so that was really what helped us score points,” Law told the Chronicle as the Country side prepared for their second fixture.
“I’m just focusing on what I can do in the team so far, and my role on the field. It’s been a really good campaign so far, so I’m excited to see how the rest of the weekend goes. I just need to run hard when I have the ball, and take chances when they come.
“It would definitely be awesome to get a few more tries, but I just want to contribute however I can. I’ll play my game, and if that turns into tries that’s a big bonus.”
Law began her footy career as a touch football player, representing Newcastle in the Touch Premiership before making the switch to rugby union last year. The Port Stephens star enjoyed union, but took a chance on rugby league too because it was “close to touch,” except for “just a bit more contact.”
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It’s clearly a choice that’s paid off, with the young centre already proving her talent at a representative level with Country. When asked if she was key to take her play to the next level, however, she was humble about her chances.
“It would be awesome to play in the NRL Womens, I think that’s my next goal in league, but first I have to prove that I deserve to step up to that level and hope that gets me an opportunity,” Law said.
“I think it’d be awesome to play for NSW or the Jillaroos too, of course, but I’m just taking it all one game at a time. I’m loving the game, and that’s what matters most to me.
“It’s been a really big step for me here with Country, because there’s so many fantastic players that I’m learning from in Burleigh. Selection was a bit of a shock for me, to be honest. It’s such an amazing opportunity.”
Law’s first step in putting her hand up for the NRLW, Origin, or a green and gold jersey of the Jillaroos, the Newcastle back has a challenge far closer on the calendar – the Queensland Country side she will face on Saturday afternoon.
QLD’s country stars began their campaign in a similar fashion to New South Wales, ousting the ADF 40-nil on Friday afternoon off the back of four tries for centre Stephanie Mooka. It’s set up a blockbuster clash between Law and her opposite number, in a mini-State of Origin battle at the Championships.
“The game is going to very difficult, coming up against all those big names in the Queensland team will make it a bit of a rough hit-out, but I think the team with the biggest effort on the day will come out on top,” Law said.
“It’s a good chance for both sides to put their hands up for Origin, I know they’re still looking for players, but I doubt anyone will be too worried about that.
“For me, I’ll be worrying about my own game, and if I start in the match it will be another opportunity to show what I can do. I’m looking forward to it, it’ll be tough, but I’m really excited to just keep getting out on the field.”
NSW Country’s starting lineup for their clash against their Queensland rivals is expected to be revealed on Saturday morning, ahead of the 1.45pm clash.
The Queensland vs New South Wales battle will be livestreamed at crlnsw.com.au.