This is part of an ongoing series on NRLW players being published throughout the NRLW season.
Karina Brown grew up in Queensland watching the Brisbane Broncos and State of Origin. Her hero was Darren Lockyer. But the game was out of reach for her.
Despite wanting to pull on a jersey, there were no girls competitions on the Gold Coast.
“I used to love watching the State of Origin and the Broncos growing up. It was sort of like the only time I was allowed to stay up, you know, past seven o’clock was on State of Origin night or to watch the Broncos play,” Brown tells RLM.
“I fell in love with the game. I was totally in love with Darren Lockyer. I just thought he was the best player on Earth. And I used to wish that I was a boy because I really wanted to play NRL.”
But what was once a dream has now become a reality.
History beckons for the Parramatta Eels as they head into a preliminary final against the heavily favoured North Queensland Cowboys.
Recalling a legendary player or former coach is often tempting for a club trying to recapture former glory. But rarely does it work, and often it tarnishes the coach’s legacy.
Harry Grant has filled the Melbourne Storm boots of Cameron Smith and seems to be taking the hooking position to the next level.