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Getting to know: Shontelle Stowers

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles are fielding a Harvey Norman NSW Women’s Premiership team for the first time in 2024.

We caught up with inaugural captain Shontelle Stowers to get to know more about her.

Player Profile

Name: Shontelle Stowers

DOB: 14/11/1986

Birthplace: Tokoroa, NZ.

Position: Centre

Nickname: Shon, Shonny

What's your favorite rugby league memory growing up?

Watching my uncles and cousins play and being with all the family at the clubhouse afterwards

Who are your favourite rugby league players in NRL or NRLW?

I can't go past the GOAT, Ali Brigginshaw. Been through all the growth and contributed and driven women's rugby league from the start.

What does it mean to you to be part of the first Manly Harvey Norman’s Women’s team?

It's a foundation team, a timestamp in history of the women's game, and for the Northern Beaches, it will be there forever. It's huge and to be a part of it is a privilege. I have learnt to appreciate these moments at grass roots, understanding all great things come from them, our NRLW, and our international moments, all begin here with the clubs and the community.

Shontelle Stowers
Shontelle Stowers ©NRL Photos

Funniest team-mate?

Not sure yet, but I have a feeling Mia Holo, Kayla Eli, and Lavinia Tauhalaliku are picks for the future personalities 

What are your goals this season?

To help grow the game of women's rugby league on the Northern Beaches and  show what talent we have, and that we are an investment worth investing in. I want to share my knowledge and have fun playing rugby league. I want to enjoy everything about our community, players, management and the support we get.

Tell us about your family and any special achievements?

Healthy and happy wonderful nieces, nephew and family.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Beach and outdoors

Are you a morning person or a night owl?


Coach Keith Hanley says: 

"Shontelle has played in NRLW Grand Finals, State of Origin for NSW, and prior to that, had a really long history in rugby union, where she represented Australia. She is a person who sets high standards in terms of what she expects from team-mates and what that should look like. Shontelle exemplifies what we want to set for our team here at Manly.”


Acknowledgement of Country

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles respect and honour the Traditional Custodians of the land and pay our respects to their Elders past, present and future. We acknowledge the stories, traditions and living cultures of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples on the lands we meet, gather and play on.

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