Romy Teitzel, a Townsville native and daughter of former Cowboys player Craig Teitzel, has turned down an opportunity to play for North Queensland in the NRLW to re-join the Brisbane Broncos in 2023. Despite her family ties, Teitzel cited the chance to step out of her comfort zone and grow personally as a deciding factor in her decision. She made her NRLW debut with the Broncos in 2020 before captaining the Newcastle Knights‘ inaugural NRLW side the following year. After being named in the Queensland Maroons squad for State of Origin, Teitzel fulfilled a dream by playing in Game One at Commbank Stadium on June 1.
Teitzel believes that returning to the Broncos was the best move for her at the moment given her aspirations to play Origin and the growth of the competition, which has seen 120 more athletes come in. She expressed her eagerness to build something special at the Broncos with a great calibre of players. Teitzel made it clear that she had no unfinished business with the Broncos despite only playing one game for them before her stint with the Knights. She thanked Newcastle for everything they did for her as a person and a player, but is determined to keep building at Brisbane.
Teitzel’s Maroons debut was a culmination of her hard work and persistence, having been named in the No.14 jersey in 2021 before ultimately being pushed to 18th player. She is grateful for the stepping stone and pathway provided by the Queensland team, which has helped her grow both on and off the field. Teitzel described her State of Origin debut as fast and physical, with plenty of nerves, but is excited at the prospect of playing in front of a home crowd in Townsville in Game Two.