The Joy of rugby: Grafton girl to play in Country Championships

By TONY WHITE twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

DESPITE no active women's rugby union competition played on the North Coast, Grafton-based Terri Joy still retains a passion for the game.

The 28-year-old, who moved from Dubbo to Grafton 15 months ago, has been selected to represent the Central Coast in the Women's Country Rugby Championships in Orange this weekend.

"Unfortunately there is no women's competition on the North Coast, but the teams that play know me and I'll get the chance to play for the Central Coast," Joy said.

"This will be my seventh trip to the Country Championships."

Joy got involved in women's rugby after being talked into attending a training session in her home town of Dubbo.

"A couple of the girls invited me to train with them, I went away with them not expecting to play, but got hooked from then on," she said.

Joy, who plays hooker or flanker, first played rugby in 1999 and while she can't play in Grafton has turned to other pursuits to stay fit and enjoy competitive sport.

"I play hockey and squash and keep my hand in at rugby coaching the Redmen Under-10s," she said.

In the early 2000s women's rugby was considered one of the fastest growing women's sports in Australia and is very popular in the Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra regions.

Apart from Central Coast, the other teams competing at the Women's Country Rugby Championships are Hunter, Illawarra, Central West and a select Lloyd McDermott team.

A NSW squad will be picked at the completion of competition.The Joy of rugby

Grafton girl to play in Country championships

By TONY WHITE

twhite@dailyexaminer.com.au

DESPITE no active women's rugby union competition played on the North Coast, Grafton-based Terri Joy still retains a passion for the game.

The 28-year-old, who moved from Dubbo to Grafton 15 months ago, has been selected to represent the Central Coast in the Women's Country Rugby Championships in Orange this weekend.

"Unfortunately there is no women's competition on the North Coast, but the teams that play know me and I'll get the chance to play for the Central Coast," Joy said.

"This will be my seventh trip to the Country Championships."

Joy got involved in women's rugby after being talked into attending a training session in her home town of Dubbo.

"A couple of the girls invited me to train with them, I went away with them not expecting to play, but got hooked from then on," she said.

Joy, who plays hooker or flanker, first played rugby in 1999 and while she can't play in Grafton has turned to other pursuits to stay fit and enjoy competitive sport.

"I play hockey and squash and keep my hand in at rugby coaching the Redmen Under-10s," she said.

In the early 2000s women's rugby was considered one of the fastest growing women's sports in Australia and is very popular in the Sydney, the Hunter and Illawarra regions.

Apart from Central Coast, the other teams competing at the Women's Country Rugby Championships are Hunter, Illawarra, Central West and a select Lloyd McDermott team.

A NSW squad will be picked at the completion of competition.



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