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Get to Know Women's Manager - Genna Mateni

Genna Mateni is our very first NSW Women's Premiership Manager, after managing the Women's Greenacre Tigers with Elianna Walton as coach.

Mateni has an important role with the Women's premiership side which varies from organising training sessions to getting equipment ready or washing jerseys to arranging transport if necessary for game day.

How did you get involved with the club?
This is my first year at the Bulldogs after coming from managing the Women's Greenacre Tiger's team in 2017 with Elianna Walton being Captain/Coach.

What role did you play in developing our Women's Premiership side?
We approached the Bulldogs and suggested having an NRL Platform in the Harvey Norman's Women's Rugby League competition for 2018. This was accepted by the Club and we had our first women's team enter under the Bulldogs name which was exciting. The competition is growing fast and we see a future for women in league in the coming years.

What do you love most about working with the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs?
I love the feeling of being a part of the Bulldogs family. This amazing group of coaching staff and players that is new to the game of Rugby League is fantastic to work alongside. We are all here to help each other in any way possible and we have an amazing group of people that we have built a strong bond with that will carry into the seasons to come.

What do you love most about working in the NRL?
Rugby League is my favourite sport. I enjoy all the benefits of watching players with no knowledge of rugby league to improve their skills throughout the season. I get inspired by women that can take on this sport. It's tough mentally and physically and I enjoy watching our players get to do what they love. I can see their passion for this everywhere.

How did you get into supporting NRL?
I have always been a rugby league supporter since I was young. Growing up in a small country town, I went to watch footy every weekend and once I moved to the city I attended as many NRL games as possible. I also think it's a cultural thing for me as most of my family are all Footy fanatics.