Bears announce two major Women’s signings

The North Sydney Bears are excited to announce Shontelle Stowers and Nita Maynard as the first two signings for the 2019 Harvey Norman Women’s competition.

Shontelle and Nita both played for the Sydney Roosters Women’s side that made the Grand Final in the NRLW competition in 2018.

Recruitment Manager, Ben Gardiner, spoke of what the signings mean for the Club.

“These two players are marquee signings for the club, they bring international experience and talent to the team.

It is a great endorsement for the clubs ability to attract top talent, we have invested in the women’s team and are providing a professional set up with medical staff, trainers, managers and coaching staff. We are committed to give game education, care and wellbeing for the players whilst providing a family environment to create a good work-life balance.”

Shontelle Stowers talked about what drove her to sign with the Bears, “For me this year my focus was around travelling a lot less. Last year I played for the Sharks whilst living in the Northern Beaches and working in North Sydney.

I had a chat with Ben and felt comfortable about where the club is going, I was impressed with the professionalism they are bringing to the women’s program. I have been involved in pre-season with the Bears for a number of weeks now and my experience so far has been great, the girls are an amazing bunch and the coaches are so knowledgeable and have created a really supportive environment.”

Nita Maynard echoed those same sentiments, “I signed with the Bears to change my style of footy and have experienced coaches around me. So far the Bears pre-season has been great, the organisation of training and the skills we have been learning has been great. Also being able to attend some of the NSW Cup trainings and having access to someone like Jason Taylor has been really amazing.”

When asked about her goals for the year Nita talked about her development as a player, “I would like to be a part of the Blues, Roosters and Kiwis again. I really want to develop a playmaking role as hooker and improve my kicking game and I think the coaching set up at the Bears is going to assist with that.”

The Bears women’s team play their first game against Cronulla the weekend of 22-24 March, venue TBC.