From left Kathleen Hinton (coach), Ebbonie Johnstone, Cecila Davies, Julia Davies, Bonnie Harris and Jessica Anderson.
From left Kathleen Hinton (coach), Ebbonie Johnstone, Cecila Davies, Julia Davies, Bonnie Harris and Jessica Anderson.

Local women in league of their own

IF YOU go to a women’s rugby league game expecting a mild-mannered affair you are going to be disappointed.

This is not touch football.

Just like the men it’s full of bumps and bruises and played at a frantic pace.

Women’s rugby league is thriving in the eastern states and Kathleen Hinton, coach of the under-16 girl’s South Grafton Rebels team is hoping it takes off in the Clarence.

“I have about six or seven girls who are really enthusiastic and we need a few more to make up a team,” Hinton said.

“We’re calling for any girls aged 14-16 who might be keen in having a run.”

Hinton said she is in the process of putting out feelers to other clubs in the area who may be interested in fielding a side with the idea of running a competition.

“There is a coaching development day in Coffs Harbour coming up soon and I will be seeking interest from people in that area,” she said.

“I will also be promoting the idea in the Clarence Valley.”

Hinton ran her first training run last week putting the girls through their paces at Jabor Park, South Grafton

“I’m teaching the girls about the rules of rugby league, developing their strength and putting them through drills to improve their game,” she said.

A qualified rugby league coach and personal trainer Hinton said those wishing to try their hand at league can register at Jabor Park on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 4.30pm.

A women’s rugby league match in Sydney in 1921 attracted around 30,000 spectators - still a record for women’s sport in Australia outside Olympic and Commonwealth Games.



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