Congratulations Danielle Parker 2020 NRL WA Past Players Hall of Fame Inductee
The award was presented to Danielle pictured below at the 2020 Western Australia Rugby League Past Players & Supporters reunion hosted by the South Perth Lions on Saturday.
NRL WA would like to Acknowledge and Thank The WARL Past Players & Supporters Association for their ongoing commitment to our great game in WA.
Dannii’s involvement with Rugby League in WA started as a 17yr old at Willagee Bears RLFC, alongside her sister and 4 brothers. In 1999 at the age of 21, and after having her 1st child Shanice, Dannii and her sister Mel were two of the first women from WA ever to be selected in the shadow squad for the Jillaroos. The following year Dannii would go one step further to be one of the first women from WA to be selected for the Jillaroos 2000 World Cup team. Coming off an Inaugural Women’s State Championship held in WA.
Dannii’s mother Michelle Parker aka Ma, also played Rugby League and League tag, and went on to be the President of the Willagee Bears. Her daughter Shanice is creating her own legacy as a professional Rugby League player in NSW, whilst her daughter Brianna played Rugby League and League tag this season in the hopes of playing alongside her mother next year.
Dannii’s involvement with Rugby League in WA, has not just been as an advocate for women, she has also played a major part in Junior development. Which involved her holding a position as a Junior Development officer, Junior Delegate for Willagee Bear RLFC, coach and overall pushy parent.
Women’s Rugby League folded after Dannii’s first shot as a Jillaroo. She turned to League Tag, but she always held high hopes that one day she could bring the contact game back to WA for Women and Junior girls alike. Just ask her sister Mel how often she would pester her to get involved.
Well that time would eventually come. Mel caved and her and Dannii organised a one-off game of Women’s Rugby League in 2014 at the ripe old age of 36 (Women out West), with a turn out of over 40 women keen on playing contact. Her Daughter Shanice also had her first run alongside her mum, and so it all began…. Again…
Since that game Dannii pushed to get a competition for Women and Junior Girls which eventuated in the NRL WA introducing The Danielle Parker Cup under 18 Girls Junior Representative competition in 2019 in her Honour and recognition for her commitment to rugby league in Western Australia.
As much of a struggle and test it has been for Dannii she still persists, one to never give up on her dreams and goals.
To date Dannii has not hung up her boots, even though her hips and knees think she should, and is still representing Willagee bears in Women’s Tackle & League Tag, and currently holds the position of Vice President at the club.
Three generations of Women over a 25-year period, dedicated to Rugby League, is a testimony of the courage and constant willingness to challenge the Status Quo.
The reason Dannii is still involved is its inclusivity, strong community focus, and for women and girls to be recognised, represented and respected in the game of Rugby League.