Brisbane Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw sealed her team’s historic victory in the inaugural NRLW Grand Final on Sunday with a post-match kiss with her partner Kate Daly.
Brigginshaw told the Brisbane Times the moment with her partner in front of the crowd and TV audience was as much a celebration of their love as a message to young girls about being true to themselves.
“I’ve never been one to hide my affection,” Brigginshaw said.
“She’s the person I love… 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.”
Brigginshaw said she also wanted to show young queer people they shouldn’t be ashamed of their sexuality.
“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,” she said.
“I walk around the street holding Kate’s hand because I’m not ashamed of it.”
The Brisbane Broncos took home the inaugural NRLW premiership at Olympic Stadium on Sunday, defeating the Sydney Roosters 34 to 12.
“To have my family and Kate here is a huge thing,” Brigginshaw said.
“My family don’t normally travel. I knew they’d be here today and to win the first NRLW title is just surreal.”
In June, the NRL supported players Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki whose emotional post-match kiss went viral after the inaugural women’s State of Origin match.
Replying to one Facebook commenter who suggested there would be “public outrage if two blokes kissed exactly like that after an Origin,” the NRL’s moderator defiantly clapped back, “Welcome to 2018… can’t wait for you to join us!”
AFLW star Erin Phillips made headlines last year for kissing wife Tracy Gahan at an awards ceremony at which she received the AFLW’s inaugural Best and Rairest award.
(Photo by Grant Trouville/NRL Photos)