The girls at South Grafton’s rugby league side prepare for their first-ever match.
The girls at South Grafton’s rugby league side prepare for their first-ever match. Adam Hourigan

Girls keen to tackle league

KATHLEEN Hinton’s dream of starting off a girls’ rugby league competition has suddenly gained momentum

Hinton’s under-16 girls South Grafton Rebels team will play their first game against a Maclean Magpies side this Saturday.

Women’s rugby league has taken-off in the eastern states and Hinton is working hard to have a competition up and running this winter.

“I’m having talks with both Coffs Harbour and Woolgoolga High Schools to see if they are interested in getting an under-16 girls side together,” Hinton said.

“I approached Maclean High School the other day and addressed their assembly to see if any girls were keen on having a game of league, and there were some girls interested.

“We have organised a game this Saturday at Wherrett Park, Maclean between the Rebels and the Magpies which kicks off at 10am.”

Hinton said the girls were all excited about the prospect of playing their first game of league and hopes it will entice more girls to become involved in the sport.

The Rebels under-16 side have been training hard for several months, hitting the tackle bags and learning the finer points of the game.

“Obviously the game is new to the girls and we will have an Australian Rugby League Development officer at the game to ensure the girls learn the rules and how to tackle the right way, “Hinton said.

“The rules are modified in girl’s league which in a way lends to a more open game. There are only nine-a-side with four reserves, and after a try there is no conversion attempt.

“The scrum has also been modified with only three girls packing down”

Rebels with a cause

Who: Under-16 South Grafton Rebels v Maclean Magpies

Where: Wherrett Park, Maclean

When: 10am Saturday, May 22



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