Sam Bremner named Dragons women's inaugural captain
St George Illawarra are proud to announce that Helensburgh Tigers junior Sam Bremner has been named the inaugural captain of the Dragons' maiden NRL Holden Women's Premiership team.
The two-time Women's Rugby League World Cup winner has come from humble Helensburgh beginnings where she instigated the female game in the area by establishing the Helensburgh Tiger Lilies.
Bremner is one of the most decorated women's rugby league players ever having featured for the NRL All Stars, New South Wales and Australia Jillaroos since 2011.
The 2018 National Championships MVP played a crucial role in the Dragons securing a side for the inaugural four-team NRL Holden Women's Premiership as she was involved from the license application bid.
Bremner will be deputised by teammate and fellow representative star Kezie Apps.
"It's already such an honour to represent the Dragons as a player, and this is just an extra bonus for me. I was already overwhelmed to play under the St George Illawarra banner and now I'm so honoured that I was considered to be captain," Bremner said.
"What makes it so much more important to me is that I'm invested in this area. I do everything here. I was born here, bred here, played my first footy here and I still play here to this day.
"It means even more to me that I get to captain the side in an area where it all began for me."
Dragons Women's Premiership coach Daniel Lacey was honoured to hand the inaugural captaincy to Bremner.
"Sam has played her part at every level of rugby league, from the juniors to now. From a Dragons perspective, she helped with the licence proposal and helping the initial squad selection and planning," Dragons coach Daniel Lacey said.
"We can do no wrong with Sam as captain. Not only for the work that she has done but for her infectious, contagious personality. She is always upbeat, bubbly and leading by example.
"She's a figure in our local community that younger girls look up to and that's including the ones in our playing roster. She is deserving of having the Sam Bremner schoolgirl tournament named after her which is also a reflection of her as a person and a player."
Dragons Chief Executive Officer Peter Doust said there was no more appropriate person for this prestigious honour.
"Sam is an icon for female rugby league in our region, she started the Helensburgh Tiger Lilies and has been a passionate advocate for the game for many years," Doust said.
"She has already inspired so many young females across our region with not only her ability but also her attitude, passion and commitment. She thoroughly deserves this honour.
"The Dragons will continue to invest in a 'pathway' for female rugby league players and Sam will continue to play a lead role as captain of the Dragons.
"Everyone at the Dragons is extremely proud of Sam and we know that she will be an outstanding leader for our team both on and off the field."