Call for girl rugby league players
KATHLEEN Hinton’s troupe of rugby league nomads are hoping other clubs will accept their challenge of forming an all-women lineup.
The South Grafton Rebels have created the region’s first ever female league side but a lack of opponents means the girls may not get to take the field in competition.
Team coach Hinton hopes players from areas such as Maclean and Coff Harbour will step up to the plate and create a women’s league in time for the 2010 season.
“We are the first girls ever to form a rugby league team in the Clarence Valley,” Hinton said of her under-16 squad.
“We are trying to get other clubs to say ‘let’s go out to the high schools and get some girls to join’.
“There are a lot of girls that aren’t really interested but times are changing and it’s not a man’s world out there.
“We are seeing a little bit of light at the end of the tunnel.”
Around 22 players are currently on the club’s list but additional numbers to the Rebels’ camp could also see an under-13 squad formed.
At this stage the side will only get around three friendly matches for the season, all of which will be held during the men’s A-grade competition.
The matches will be played in a modified format with only nine players per side, three each to a scrum and no conversions taken.
“It’s a big thing,” Hinton said.
“There’s some of the girls that are just as solid as the boys. There are even some of them taller than the boys.
“But we have got more girls that are 13 and want to play in the younger age group.”
The lineup consists of players from Grafton High School, South Grafton High School and McAuley Catholic College.
“Some of the parents were a little bit worried but I told them how safe the game is these days,” Hinton said.
“All they want to do is tackle, but you have to learn to fall first.
“They didn’t do well last year in The Daily Examiner Shield competition but this year they are keen to kick some behind.”
The team trains Tuesdays at 4.30pm and Thursdays at 6.30pm.
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