Dynamic footy duo Brodii Ingram and Bec Tattoli have returned to Newcastle Oztag’s A-Grade summer competition with international gold medals in tow, after the pair played roles in Australia’s undefeated run at the Invitational Challenge in Bateau Bay.
Ingram, who was part of Central Newcastle’s 10-0 victory over Souths in the Newcastle Rugby League Blues Tag grand final earlier this year, has been part of Australia’s Oztag setup for the past five years.
After hitting the cap of her Under 20s women’s squad last year, however, she was lured by Tattoli, with whom she plays Oztag in Newcastle, into joining the mixed rosters. The pair soon found themselves in the international mix.
At Bateau Bay, Ingram and Tattoli, alongside the rest of the green-and-gold roster, faced Greece, Lebanon, and the Pacific Islands in their group round-robin. Australia rolled over the latter two, but barely edged Greece in a one-point thriller.
The team was able to establish their dominance after the group stage, however, as they rolled over the Greek squad in a 7-3 victory in the decider, cementing their undefeated run at the Invitational and netting a gold finish in their campaign.
“It was so good,” Ingram told the Chronicle after returning to Newcastle. “We didn’t go into any game thinking we were going to win automatically, we knew we had to work to get the win, and it paid off.”
Ingram admitted she had made the right call moving into the mixed squad at Tattoli—who herself had swapped in a place in Italy’s international squad for a chance to run out for Australia—after the four-point victory clinched the win.
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“It means a lot to be playing in the Blues Tag competition here [in the Hunter] and being involved in the Newcastle Oztag comps, and then getting to prove yourself on the international stage for Australia,” she explained.
The Invitational wasn’t the only place that the Central star gets to prove herself in the green-and-gold either. While Tattoli will be skipping the trip, Ingram revealed she’s been included in Australia’s squad for the Trans-Tasman test in 2020.
“We go away in April and get to play against New Zealand, and maybe some other teams, while we’re over there too,” Ingram said. “It’s pretty much the same team going, Bec is out, but for the most part it’s the Invitational roster all over again.”
Before that, however, Ingram and Tattoli continue their campaign in Newcastle Oztag’s summer competition, which began in the last week of November. The round-robin fixtures for that competition will conclude in mid-February.