Birthday celebrations on hold for Beevers
Leeds Rhinos Women’s player Caitlin Beevers had an 18th birthday she will never forget – helping her team win the Betfred Women’s Super League and just hours later boarding a plane with the England Women’s team to Australia.
The young Rhinos star, who was part of a Challenge Cup and Super League double this year, has been a shinning star of the Women’s game, since she made her introduction to the Super League competition in 2018, when she was just 16.
After marking her 18th birthday earlier in the week with her twin brother Josh, the England international has put the rest of her celebrations to one side, until she completes her Rugby League season, which will end with her representing England – firstly in the World Nines this weekend, followed by a tour to Papua New Guinea next month.
“I couldn’t believe it when I found out the Grand Final was on my birthday,” said Beevers. “The closer to the time it got though the more I realised it doesn’t really matter, you can celebrate your 18th any day, you’ve got the Grand Final once a year and it’s such a big occasion and I was lucky to be a part of it.
“Even after the game there were drinks all round and people were saying ‘Caitlin do you want your first birthday drink’ and I was thinking no, I’m alright because at that point I’d done what I needed to do on the field and the bit off the field really mattered too leading into the Australia trip so celebrating it afterwards is going to be a thing and I will do that after all the tours.
“There was no better way to celebrate your 18th birthday than winning a Grand Final and not many people can say they went to Australia on their birthday so I am very happy with how it went lucky to have all the opportunities that I have been given.”
The full-back joins Rhinos team mate Dannielle Anderson in the squad for the Nines this weekend in Sydney and the former Dewsbury Moor player, who scored 11 tries this season, said she is looking forward to testing herself in a new competition.
“Women’s NRL has been absolutely huge this year and you see the skill level their speed and the strength they have so I think it’s going to be a very tough tournament and I’m looking forward to the challenge but ultimately we are going out there win the tournament so hopefully that’s the outcome we get.
“A few people have said that Nines will suit my style of play but I’m not really thinking about it like that I am just trying to go into the game open minded. Now it only something I’ve only done in training, I’ve never played it before but hopefully it will suit me. If it doesn’t I will still put a hard graft in as I still want to be part of that big squad and I’m out there to prove my point.
“If we utilise all our players and we perform how Craig thinks that we can I think we should be competitive. We have all been picked because he thinks we are capable of winning the tournaments and the games against Papua New Guinea and we really hope that will be the outcome.”