Player Poll: Our unsung heroes
At every NRL club there are women contributing to the success of the game at every level. These are the women who the players say are the unsung heroes at their club.
Latrell Mitchell (Roosters)
Cathy King is the mum and queen of the club. She looks after all the boys whether it be young kids or new players coming in. You can't really explain it, she's just there when you need to talk or will text you to see how you are going. She's got a golden heart.
Peter Wallace (Panthers)
I would have to say Diane Langmack. She's a big part of the club and has been around for a long time. She does a lot of work with 'Gus' (Phil Gould) which I imagine would be a busy job.
Bunty Afoa (Warriors)
Aunty Carmen [Taplin] for sure. That's for all the boys too, she works hard for us. She always does little birthday cakes for us, it's sweet of her to do it. You are at the club most of the week and she's your mum at work, then you go home and see your real mum, who does so much for you too. Us footy players are living the dream. It's pretty cool having them around.
Tepai Moeroa (Eels)
With got Louise [Marvin] who does all our statistics and GPS. She watches what our loads are, what our training sessions will be like. She just monitors everyone's workload which is good for us because if someone's doing a bit too much she can pull them back or if someone's doing a bit more we'll give them a top up. She's one of the big parts of our team.
Ethan Lowe (Cowboys)
There are a few. All the office girls do a massive job for us, getting everything for game-day ready, preparing our flights and getting all that stuff sorted. Personally, I think I put a post on Instagram the other day about my mum. She's one of the girls that supported me from the start. From a small country town, every second week she was driving four, five hours to get to games and back and stuff like that so she'd definitely be one of my main supporters.
Angus Crichton (Rabbitohs)
We've got a heap who work at the club in the media team, doing the books, the office ladies, the massage girl – they're all legends, they're all great people so Women In League is a great idea and a great cause to celebrate those girls and what they do for clubs. Also growing up in a family with two little sisters and my mum, it was pretty dominated by the girls and they do a great amount for our family. They're the heart and soul of our family so recognising them and their importance not only in rugby league players' lives but in the NRL in general I think is a pretty great idea and definitely should be celebrated.
Bevan French (Eels)
There's a lot of women in the office, they do a lot of hard work and there's a few that do coaching with the Parramatta Eels girls' team which is also good to see with the women's rugby league competition getting a bit more recognition this year and hopefully it keeps getting bigger in years to come.