By Colleen Edwards (QRL content producer)
The BMD Premiership season launched this weekend with plenty of talent spread through the teams across the state.
There are eight participating teams this year taking part in the newly-renamed competition and all sides feature a mix of experienced and representative players, including State of Origin and international stars.
Most clubs will start their season without their NRLW players who are still taking part in the 2021 season of the competition, but many players are expected to filter back into the BMD Premiership competition in coming weeks.
BMD Premiership 2022 full squad list
Brisbane Tigers have snagged the biggest signing of the competition with Harvey Norman Queensland Maroons captain Ali Brigginshaw following in the footsteps of her father Larry to play with the club. The Tigers performed well with a young squad last season and the experience of their core group, plus the addition of other experienced players including Jamie-Lee Lewis, Shenae Ciesiolka and Shellie Long, will have them in the mix for the finals.
Brisbane Tigers squad
Full squad: Ali Brigginshaw, Aliena Faavae, Ashley Nolan, Cassie Ormsby, Chanelle Kohika-Skipper, Ellen Nussey, Eloise Vunakece, Emily Veivers, Grace Griffin, Jamie-Lee Lewis, Janayah Orchard, Jessica Carey, Justine Sou, Kaitlyn Andersen, Keisha-Leigh Coolwell, Keisharn Hala, Kirsten Sutherland, Lavinia Kitai, Lucy Cuppari, Narikah Orchard, Natassja Purontakanen, Nicole Gusman, Shellie Long, Sharday Kelly, Shenae Ciesiolka, Tahlia Marshall, Tanika Marshall, Tara Reinke, Tarleah Fisher-Pearson, Tayla Eldridge, Tegan Spicer
Gains: Ali Brigginshaw (Valleys Diehards / Brisbane Broncos), Aliena Faavae (Casey Warriors), Ashley Nolan (Gatton Hawks), Cassie Ormsby (South Adelaide Bulldogs) , CJ Sims (Cronulla Sharks), Ellen Nussey (Gatton Hawks), Grace Griffin (Valleys Diehards / Gold Coast Titans), Jamie-Lee Lewis (Valley Diehards), Janayah Orchard (Ormeau Shearers), Justine Sou (West Brisbane Panthers), Keisharn Hala (Parkwood Sharks), Lavinia Kitai (Parkwood Sharks), Narikah Orchard (Ormeau Shearers), Natassja Purontakanen (Valley Diehards / St George Illawarra Dragons), Nicole Gusman (Burleigh Bears), Shellie Long (Burleigh Bears / St George Illawarra Dragons), Shenae Ciesiolka (Valleys Diehards / Brisbane Broncos), Tahlia Marshall (Goodna Eagles), Tanika Marshall (Brothers Ipswich), Tara Reinke (Gatton Hawks), Tarleah Fisher-Pearson (Goodna Eagles)
Losses: Leilanbi Avea (Easts Mt Gravatt Eagles), Shekinah Rolland (Gatton), Charlotte Booth (South Sydney Rabbitohs), China Polata (Souths Logan Magpies), Shae-Yvonne (Souths Logan Magpies), Ruth Talatonu (Souths Logan Magpies), Tahlia Rolph (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Shanay Taylor (Wynnum Manly Seagulls), Kimberley Dore (retired)
Coach: Adrian Vowles
*Squad lists provided by clubs