Port Stephens is again lauding the praises of its female sporting stars, with 21-year-old Bobbi Law and 19-year-old Maya Stewart enjoying a meteoric rise at the elite level in their respective rugby codes.
While Stewart continues to impress since representing the NSW Waratahs in rugby, former union now rugby league player Law has had her first taste of rep footy, scoring a hat-trick of tries on debut for NSW Country.
In fact it was an auspicious start to the rugby league representative scene for the talented Law, who was plucked from virtual obscurity to pull on the brown and orange jumper for the national women's league championships played on the Gold Coast last weekend.
The former Tomaree High student and robust centre or wing crossed for three four-pointers in the opening match of the three-day carnival. Country went on to completely outclassed their opponents, the Australian Defence Force team, 54-0 in a one-sided affair.
It was a huge achievement for Law, who has attributed her Country selection to the guidance from Newcastle Knights women's league club coach, Rick Stone.
The former touch and union rep player said that she didn't feel like she'd done anything special in the opening match where she chalked up her first ever hat-trick of tries.
"The whole team played well, and we had hard ball-runners setting up the backs for a lot of open play, so that was really what helped us score points," Law told the Chronicle.
"I was focusing on what I could do in the team, and my role on the field. It was a really good campaign and a great experience for me."
On the second day in Burleigh Heads, the NSW Country team went on to beat Queensland Country in a much tighter struggle, 20-14, setting up a final showdown with arch-rivals Sydney.
Unfortunately, the Country girls never got going and went down 34-4 in a disappointing finale. Law, who played on the wing for the first time, said the City girls were just too strong on the day.
Stewart, meanwhile, is training with a Wallaroos squad of 46 players preparing for a four Test season after starring in her maiden Super W title season with the NSW Waratahs.