Inverell Highlanders' Crisp twins selected for NSW Schoolgirls side

Women's rugby: Mykayla Crisp, Molly Kennedy, Nicola Robinson and Hannah Crisp in Sydney for the NSW Schoolgirls trials.
Women's rugby: Mykayla Crisp, Molly Kennedy, Nicola Robinson and Hannah Crisp in Sydney for the NSW Schoolgirls trials.

Two Inverell Highlanders gained selection in the 2018 NSW Schoolgirls side after trialling in Sydney at the end of June.

Now, talented twins Hannah and Mykayla Crisp are preparing to head back to Sydney to play two exhibition matches at the Australian Schoolboys Championships on Saturday.

The opportunity first arose for the local twins when their school, Macintyre High, nominated them for the side.

On June 29 and 30 the twins travelled to Sydney with coach Dale Beattie and Warialda girls Molly Kennedy, and Nicola Robinson.

“We had two days of game play being split into different teams.

“We found out straight after we had both made it on the side.

There were about 70 girls that trialled and 24 who were successful.

“There were about 70 girls that trialled and 24 who were successful,” the twins said.

Warialda’s Kennedy and Robinson were named as shadow reserves.

Training regularly with the Inverell Highlanders, both twins also play representative rugby with Central North.

“We train twice a week with the Highlanders and have stepped up our training in preparation for Saturday,” they said. 

The exhibition matches will be played at Saint Ignatius' College Riverview in Sydney, where the twins will play in the backs against another New South Wales side.

Excited for the opportunity, both girls thanked their school for nominating them and coach Beattie for his training and tips.

“This is the first official year of doing Schoolgirls so hopefully in the following years there will be more for girls rugby at the Championships,” they said.

After participating in a development camp in Armidale, the twins were hooked on women’s rugby and decided to join their local club.

Both girls have also been busy trialling for the UNE Lions side through Central North.