Ali Brigginshaw, who created rugby league history by helping guide Brisbane to the inaugural NRLW crown, said her post-match kiss with her partner was as much a celebration of love as it was a desire to show some young girls it’s OK to be true to themselves.
The 28-year-old halfback, a dominant figure in the Broncos’ historic victory, saw no reason to hide her feelings for Kate Daly in front of the 16,214-strong crowd and nation-wide television audience.
Special moment: Ali Brigginshaw kisses partner Kate Daly.
“I’ve never been one to hide my affection,” she said of the post-match celebration. “She’s the person I love … I have her here and I’m not going to say, ‘I can’t show you affection at the game’.
"Kate is the reason why I train hard; my family is a reason I train hard, and I go up and give them a big hug and a kiss and that doesn’t mean any different to when I go up and give her a kiss.
"It’s hard being away playing rugby league all the time, I’m away from home a lot, but having her here today allows her to see how hard I work. I told her I had just one more job to do, and that was to win the grand final.
"Also, little girls might grow up to love the same sex, and I want them to see they don’t need to be ashamed of it. I walk around the street holding Kate’s hand because I’m not ashamed of it.”
Brigginshaw said yesterday’s grand final in Sydney was an emotional day on many levels, especially the support she enjoyed from her family in the stands.
“To have my family and Kate here is a huge thing,” she enthused. “My family don’t normally travel. I knew they’d be here today and to win the first NRLW title is just surreal.”
Brigginshaw said her side’s 34-12 victory had been built on commitment and courage.
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