Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw
Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw Jason McCawley

Brigginshaw honoured to be named Broncos skipper

ANOTHER chapter was added to Ali Brigginshaw's Broncos fairytale, when the Ipswich star was named inaugural captain of the women's team ahead of the NRL Women's Premiership season.

Having dreamt of one day playing in a Broncos jersey since she was a little girl, Brigginshaw said the desire to be captain was always there.

But Brigginshaw never considered the captaincy becoming a reality until she had officially signed on at Red Hill.

"I didn't think I would be captain, but it's something I always wanted to do,” Brigginshaw said.

"Once I knew I was going to play for the Broncos, I thought it was something I could try to make a reality.

"So I asked a few people how I could make that possible.”

Respect is earned not just through a title, but through actions both on and off the field.

The reaction from her teammates told Brigginshaw she was deserving of the honour.

"The playing group was awesome,” she said. "When it was announced they all stood up and congratulated me.

"I feel like they all really believe in me, they believe and trust in the things I say and in the way I am on and off the field.”

Brigginshaw was unveiled as captain alongside Brothers Ipswich skipper and teammate Brittany Breayley, who will take on the vice-captaincy.

"It's always good playing next to Britto, and I was really happy she got vice captain,” Brigginshaw said.

"She deserves it. She's a different type of leader, she's not so vocal on the field, but she shows (her leadership) in the way she plays.”

The Jillaroos playmaker has revelled in the day-to-day of being a Brisbane Bronco.

"Monday for recovery, Tuesday we have training, conditioning and skills, Wednesday off, Thursday the same, and Saturday is captain's run,” she said. "It's very different. It's full on.”