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Proserpine’s Lily Peacock: ‘I like the contact and the hard things in between’

Rugby competition has been Lily Peacock’s world since she was ten.

Hailing from Proserpine, the “Prossy local” – as she puts it, started with the Proserpine Brahmans, ventured to Mackay Wanderers and is now with the Mackay Cutters and North Queensland Cowboys.

The 18-year-old’s talent is undeniable; she was part of the Queensland Under 19 squad in 2023 and is part of the Queensland Under 19 Emerging Squad this year.

“I’m so excited to be back in this space,” Peacock said.

“Last year I got drafted, I was the baby of the group, but to wear this Queensland jersey again is pretty amazing…I just love being with the girls and being at this level. You can don’t beat it.”

Peacock said she simply loved rugby league and was always willing to put in the effort to succeed and achieve her goals.

“When I was 10 I loved playing football with the boys… for my first game, playing under 10s, I just got the passion and it’s grown since then… I’ve been playing ever since,” Peacock said .

“Because there was no girls team, I traveled to Mackay three times a week for about four years to play for a club…committed from day one.

“Went from Brahmans under 10s to 12s, played for the Mackay Wanderers in the junior league and then played rep for Mackay Cutters and now I’m with the North Queensland Cowboys for NRLW… excited for this year’s season.

“So good, coming out of our Cutters BMD Premiership comp and going into pre-season for the Cows next month… I’m pretty excited about that.

“I just love the physical nature of competition; I just love how physical and how hard and tough you have to be to play the sport. It doesn’t really get much better than that.”

Peacock will be in action for the Cutters – who sit at the top of the BMD Premiership ladder as minor premiers – in the final regular round of the season against Norths Devils on Sunday.

Peacock said her ultimate goal was to play for the Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons after earning her first Queensland jersey with the Queensland Under 19 side in 2023.

“Obviously dating those girls, my biggest goal is to play for women…I’ll get there…I know there’s a lot of work to do and positions will be hard to take – the girls are beautiful.” strong, so it will be hard to crack the side… but I’m working hard,” Peacock said.

Peacock in 2023. Photo: NRL Imagery

Peacock in 2023. Photo: NRL Imagery

“The women are just so amazing. They go out there and really show New South Wales what it’s about… I just love that hard stuff in between.

“I like the contact and the hard stuff in the middle… I think that’s where I lead and my leadership gets better through the middle… I just lead with my actions.”

When it comes to role models, Peacock said she was inspired by her father and had always looked up to players like Shannon Mato.

“My dad has been a huge role model for me… he drove me to Mackay – a three hour round trip three times a week… just to get my parents support from day one… My dad said always, ‘You know what, you can do whatever you want… whatever you put your mind to,’ and it’s all paying off,” Peacock said.

Peacock will play for Queensland Under 19 in 2023. Photo: NRL Imagery

Peacock will play for Queensland Under 19 in 2023. Photo: NRL Imagery

“My parents are so excited (for me, making the Emerging Squad). They love it. My dad has been rooting for the game since he was a little boy, so to see me get through it, it’s a big one too dream for him to see me shooting goals.”

Peacock said her short-term goal was to feature in the Queensland Under 19 side this year.

“It would mean so much,” she said.

“Last year I got the chance. I know it’s going to be hard every week to get that side. We’re 24 people and that’s going to be chopped up so I just have to keep working… I would I’m so honored to wear the Queensland badge on my jersey again… It means a lot.”