Girls' delight at tour opportunity

Girls' delight at tour opportunity

BATLEY BULLDOGS Girls players Evie Kilburn and Millie Taylor have been selected to play for Australian School champions Merrimac State High on their tour of New Zealand later this year.

The girls will feature in Merrimac’s squad that will embark on the tour in September, where Kilburn and Taylor will play against top sides in New Zealand and will also compete in a Beach Sevens tournament at the Bay of Plenty.

The news comes off the back of Batley Bulldogs Girls’ tour of Australia last year which saw the team take on Merrimac State High as part of the trip.

Kilburn and Taylor impressed in that game but in order to go on tour again need to raise money to make their dreams come true.

Whilst in the Merrimac camp the duo will receive coaching from ex-Manly NRL player Dave McCall, along with Batley’s own Craig Taylor, who has been chosen to assist on the tour.

The NRL will heavily subsidise Merrimac’s squad but in England the Bulldogs duo won’t receive any such financial support from the RFL and will be starting fundraising immediately.

Merrimac High School have also started raising money for the Batley girls and will use a signed shirt given to them by NRL star Johnathan Thurston as a top prize in their raffle.

If anyone is interested in sponsoring Kilburn and Taylor or want to buy a raffle ticket they can get in touch with Craig Taylor on 07745 582387 or email

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