TOP TACKLE: Taylor Langdon perfectly executes a tackle playing for Gladstone against the Central Highlands in the central Queensland junior representative weekend.
TOP TACKLE: Taylor Langdon perfectly executes a tackle playing for Gladstone against the Central Highlands in the central Queensland junior representative weekend. Jake Jones

PHOTOS: Taylor leads in debut at junior rugby carnival

TAYLOR Langdon and her team mates lost 48-0 on Saturday morning, but not one of the Gladstone Raidettes under-16 side was disappointed.

For most, it was the first ever time they had stepped onto the rugby league field.

It was such for Taylor, who was trusted with the job of commanding the team on the field in the half back position.

Wearing the number seven, the 16-year-old was not feeling completely different from her spot at centre in netball.

"It was a bit strange, especially coming from a sport where we run set plays and everyone knows what is happening," she said.

Only five training sessions helped Taylor heading into the central Queensland representative carnival in which she played Central Highlands and Rockhampton.

She has a history of touch football, but her parents never let her give the tackle sport a go.

Now Taylor is a bit older, she was given the tick of approval.

"I wanted to play when I was little but was never allowed," she said.

"It was all of a sudden for this, I just said I was going to play."

The future could hold more rugby league for Taylor, and her team mates, with a senior pathway available in Gladstone.

But not having had the chance to play between the age of 12 and now, Taylor wants to be a part of encouraging more junior girls to take up the sport.

"I would love to see more girls in the sport, I want to help make that happen," she said.

The love of rugby league comes despite the first match flogging.

In a way, Taylor knew it was coming.

"We knew we would not come away with the trophy," she laughed.

"But we wanted to try our hardest and get better in the match."



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