Rugby League Review publisher and Greek Rugby League advocate Terry Liberopoulos has sent a callout to all female Greek Australian Rugby League players, hoping to establish a Greek National team here in Australia.
Speaking with former NRL women’s player Maria Nikolopoulou on GreekGirlsCan, Terry says he’s “always been on the lookout” for Greek heritage female players in Australia, looking to help grow the Women’s game in Greece.
“It wasn’t until one of the Greek girls that plays for South Sydney emailed me to express her interest in playing for Greece,” Terry says.
“She told me there were four girls at Souths that had a Greek background.”
Asked about the requirements for joining the prospect national side, Terry says they will accept any girl as long as they are aged 17 years and over, and must either have been born in Greece or have one parent or grandparent that was born in Greece.
“We would like them to be playing some kind of Rugby League, be it tackle, Oztag or Leaguetag,” Terry adds.
“We are looking at girls from all over Australia but Sydney looks like being the base as most will come from Sydney or nearby areas such as Illawarra, Central Coast, Newcastle and Canberra.”
Terry revealed he will be employing the help of Canterbury Bulldogs interim head coach Steve Georgallis to help form and train the women’s side, along with former Greek head coach Stuart McLennan.
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“We will follow the same path as the Men’s, meaning we will get the girls playing here and then having them go overseas to help promote, develop, train and play with the girls in Greece,” Terry says.
“The enthusiasm I have seen from the girls in Greece is incredible and the introduction of some experience from Australia will grow the game in Greece.”
Any girls wanting to involved are asked to contact Terry Liberopoulos from the Greek Rugby League Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.