Sacrifice leaves Brisbane Broncos prop Millie Boyle with one job to do

Broncos prop Millie Boyle had to quit her jobs to play in the NRLW. Picture: Getty Images
Broncos prop Millie Boyle had to quit her jobs to play in the NRLW. Picture: Getty Images

Talk about sacrifice. Not only is Millie Boyle a prisoner in her own home, but the Brisbane Broncos prop had to leave her two jobs to play in the NRLW.

That sacrifice is set to pay off with another appearance in the grand final, where the Broncos will take on the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.

Boyle's father David and her uncle Jason Croker both played for the Canberra Raiders, while the dual-code star has also played rugby union for the ACT.

She's spent the past two seasons plying her trade with the Broncos in the NRLW and was looking for her second consecutive premiership - which would be a threepeat for Brisbane.

At the moment she's part of a Broncos house where they've all had to give up their day jobs to chase their rugby league dreams.

Not only that, but Boyle and her housemates - fullback Tamika Upton, hooker Lauren Brown and 18th woman Romy Teitzel - have been in constant lockdown throughout the NRLW season.

Thankfully it only lasts four weeks as they're only allowed to leave the house to train, play or go for their twice-weekly coronavirus tests.

That means the quartet can't work, with Boyle giving up both of her jobs.

She runs social outings for young adults with a disability for Stellar Experiences and is also a group fitness trainer.

"We've all had to make sacrifices. Romy and 'Meeks', they quit their jobs and moved down to Brisbane just for our state comp, so they could play in that, because there wasn't any footy happening up north," Boyle said.

"So they've already had to do that prior to the NRLW. The rest of us, Lauren and I, have also had to leave our jobs. Hopefully they'll still be there when we get back.

"Something the girls are all really passionate about, playing league, and we're grateful we even got the opportunity to play this year given the circumstances.

"We're just really thankful the NRL has allowed us to play and we're hopefully going to return the favour by putting on a good showcase of women's rugby league."

While being constantly cooped up together has been tough, Boyle said it had brought them closer as a group.

It's also meant they've loved every second of training - given it's one of the rare chances to leave the house.

They'll fly into Sydney on game day, just as they've done all season - except for round one when they flew into Canberra.

"We actually haven't had a little fight once which is surprising for four girls in one team," Boyle joked.

"We spend every second of the day together, but we love it.

"We've formed a really special bond between the four of us and we're just loving footy and loving our training. Just grateful we can be in a team where we all get along so well."

Boyle hopes to get back to her family farm in Cobargo for Christmas - but that's dependent on the Queensland border being open then.

She hasn't been down there since the start of the year, when the town was ravaged by bushfires.

Her farm was one of the lucky ones - while they lost animals, they were able to save the family home.

It led to her raising almost $9000 through a gofundme page she set up with her sister-in-law so she could help people straight away.

"It was just a small amount. I saw a lot of people donating to big organisations and a couple of people had asked me where they think it would be best to donate knowing the money's not just going to big companies and administrative fees," Boyle said.

"We decided to give directly to some families, just a bit of money they could instantly get a little bit of relief and get onto their feet.

"Whether that was buying some groceries or water or feed for their cattle and accommodation for the time being. That was really nice to be able to do that."

The region's now been doubly hit thanks to the pandemic, but Boyle was hopeful things could open up again to get some tourists back to help "vamp up" the south coast.

"It's been tragic really. You have the bushfires to start off the year and just when they're getting back on their feet and things are starting to normalise you get hit with a pandemic," she said.

Boyle is unsure when she'll play rugby union next given the uncertainty surrounding all sport.

Boyle is unsure when she'll play rugby union next given the uncertainty surrounding all sport.

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