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It will be a family affair in Townsville this Friday (6 September) when Cowboys stars Tariq and Ashton Sims join their World Cup winning sister Ruan and her Jillaroo teammates Deanna Turner and Renae Kunst at the inaugural Cowboys Schoolgirls Challenge.

More than 350 footy loving girls between 12 –18 years of age will make up the 26 teams that will take to the field for the first time in North Queensland following the success of both the Broncos and Titans Challenges in Brisbane, Toowoomba  and on the Gold Coast.

“I can’t wait to get to Townsville and see my fellow teammates Renae and Deanne, oh and my brothers,” Ruan said.

“It is a great feeling to know that we will be standing on the sidelines as a family coaching so many girls.”

“The competition is healthy and to have so many teams entering is a tribute to the great work the game is doing to get girls involved.”

Schools competing include Shalom Christian College (Townsville), Townsville State High, Charters Towers, Kirwan State High, Heatley Secondary College, Mackay State High, Mercy College (Mackay), Holy Spirit College (Mackay), Proserpine State High, Slade Point State School (Mackay), Cranbrook State School, Cairns West State School, Balaclava State School (Cairns), Parramatta Park State School (Cairns), Woree State College (Cairns), Malanda State High, and Djarragun College.

The day will run from 10am – 2pm with the  Sims brothers, Ruan, Deanna and Renae available for the media at 11:45am.

All girls who play in the Challenge will receive a ‘Women in League’ footy and a medallion for participating, from the NRL.

The Cowboys Team Shop will be setting up on the day, for supporters to purchase all of their favourite Cowboys merchandise.

Live results across the day will also be available on

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