Brumbies Buildcorp Super W Captain Shellie Milward is already looking to the future and is keen to lace up the boots in 2020 despite defeat to Queensland ending the Brumbies hopes of a maiden Women’s title for another season.
The skipper was quick to praise her side, noting the women’s mentality and sheer determination as key factors to the sides 2019 season success which saw the club end the campaign in third, an improvement on last term’s efforts.
The captain also held the sides mix of age and experience as a key factor attributing to the team’s cohesiveness.
“The girls played with a lot of heart each week, Milward commented.
“It was a case of what you see is what you get, and the girls would work hard every match, the full 80 minutes week in week out.
“We had some really young girls, just out of school and we had some players who were closer to the retirement end of the spectrum. but regardless, the team always fought for each other and the badge and it’s a side that I am really proud to captain”
With the hits being harder this season, Milward is looking forward to the short recuperation period, mixing rehabilitation and work.
This will be a focus for the girls as they go their separate ways for the short period before the 2020 pre-season kicks off. Looking forward to the next Super W season, the Brumbies Women captain is hoping for an increase in coverage and participation.
“The main thing for me now is making sure my body holds up, making sure I don’t have any little niggles leading into the next season,” Milward said.
“We were on the news quite a lot this season compared to last, and it would be great if the rise could continue. This will obviously create more hype around the league, with more people watching and with more people watching, more people will participate.
“Women’s rugby has come so far, and it will only get bigger.
"I think that why everybody was so eager to be involved this season. Women’s rugby is developing and it’s great to be a part of.”
As a highlight of the season, Milward noted the assistance both on and off the field from the Brumbies working staff and is hopeful that this standard can me maintained into next season and beyond.
“It was great to have Adam Butt, our Head Coach, involved,” Milward said.
“Coming from a men’s background, he has different ideas and implements a busy schedule, it was a great experience for all involved and we are looking forward to more next season.”
Words: Natasha Prior