The next time Renee Clarke steps out onto the footy field she will do so as a Lower Mid North Coast Rugby Union women's 10s record holder.
After a two-year involvement with the sport the 18-year-old winger crossed for a history-making six tries in Wauchope Thunder's 72-7 hammering of Wallamba on May 1.
An invitation from now-Thunder captain Morgan Critchley was the starting point for the teenager who had never played any team sport before the 2019 season.
"I thought I needed to step out of my comfort zone and play a new sport and now I have and I love it ... it's my favourite thing to do," she said.
When asked about what it felt like to have her name as part of the code's history on the Mid North Coast, Clarke said she was still surprised by it all.
"I didn't expect it to be a record," she said.
"Our team is very good and we support each other and set things up all the time so it was good (to find) gaps in the play and I got around it.
"It feels pretty good."
A little athletics background coupled with regular visits to the gym before she took up rugby provided the strong foundation for a player who continues to improve every game.
"I used to go to the gym and do little athletics but other than that I didn't really do much and I'm glad I now play footy and do a lot of sport," she said.
Clarke said it was pleasing for the women to build friendships on and off the field while also getting fit in the process.
The fun environment meant the team got along well.
"There's lots of scouting these days so it's good to see everyone getting into it," Clarke said.
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