Women's rugby league division growing legs after another strong weekend

ROUND two of a trial tackle rugby league competition for females drew a big crowd and some exciting action at Lank Bain Sporting Complex in Wauchope on Saturday (November 18).

Calls for the full contact competition to eventually replace the current oz tag structure are growing louder.

Featuring under 14s and 16s girls, and a women’s top grade team, the Port City Breakers team, dubbed the Beauties, performed admirably against tough opposition from Taree and Camden Haven.

Games are nine players per-side, featuring nine minute halves and all of the rules and regulations of a standard rugby league match.

Breakers juniors coach, Jay Corr, was proud of his team’s efforts despite losing two matches at the weekend.

“The first game the girls dropped the ball a lot, but we had an hour an a half before our next game so we worked on a lot in that time,”

“We got beaten but our defence, the girls tackling technique and toughness, was great. They were really confident.”

As they continue to hone their skills, Corr has called on Australian Jillaroos player and Port Macquarie’s own, Simone Smith, for help.

“Simone is coming down to our next training session to work with the girls,” he said.

“Just like the competition, the girls are growing and learning the game. It’s just fantastic. They’re such a good group of girls who listen and take everything on board.”

CEO for Hastings League, Geoff Connor, said good move forward for a sport that is growing rapidly in the country.

“This one has been aligned with the CRL around the country, and it’s a good move forward,” he said.

“We will be picking an open representative side out of this competition to go to Singleton in February. It’s a pathway through to perhaps the country side and further.”

Connor said that the Hastings League is looking at having a women’s division in 2018, if all the pieces fall into place.