Sarah to take the field at 2017 NRL All Stars
RUGBY LEAGUE: It is said that your peers are the best judges. And the endorsement of Sarah Field's Emu Park team-mates could not be more glowing.
Now, the country has taken notice.
Field has been selected in the Australian Women's Indigenous squad coached by ex-NRL great Dean Widders. She will vie for a starting spot with 24 others to be a part of the NRL All Stars event in Newcastle next year.
She said she was honoured to make the side and remembers watching the inaugural event back in 2010.
"I am proud and honoured to make the side and I am nervous but really excited to play next year,” the talent said.
"Our team went really well throughout the year, just came unstuck at the end but it was a good season.
"I get to play with my heroes Libby Cook-Black and Bo De La Cruz now. Bo is a really good half and Libby is a strong runner of the ball. I look up to them.”
Emu Park and Queensland Murri's team-mate Nicole Collins also trialled for a spot but narrowly missed out. She said she was certain Field was going to be chosen.
"I am so happy for her,” Collins said. "She is one of the girls that I knew could get that far.”
"She works hard for it and I am very proud of her. It definitely gives me the gives me the confidence to do what she has done.
"The trials were really hard. We went down but played very well. It was the hardest I have had to play.”
QRL Central Division operations manager Amanda Ohl said the future of women's rugby league in Rockhampton has never been brighter.
"It is fantastic, so exciting for both these young girls... for them to be only 17 and representing Queensland and Australia proves just how far we have come in Rockhampton,” Ohl said.
"Sarah gives 100% every time and her best asset is her defence. She tackles anything near her. It is great to play alongside a kid with this much talent.”