More than 80 Primary School Girls from Toowoomba and surrounds have proved that Rugby League is not just for boys!! The girls came to Brothers Rugby League ground last Friday to trial for a Primary Girls Rugby League Carnival to be held in Hervey Bay in 3 weeks. Girls from Oakey, Pittsworth, Dalby, Toowoomba and Goondiwindi were coached in the morning by Australian Rugby League Development Officers and then played games. Some girls play Junior Rugby League with the boys on the weekend and some were playing for the first time.
QLD and Australian Women’s Rugby League representative Tahnee Norris was impressed with the display “there is some real skill amongst these girls and it’s great to see them getting the opportunity to play with and against girls. I had to wait until I was 17 before I could play female only Rugby League.” QLD & Jillaroo All Star Karina Brown coached the Goondiwindi team who defeated Oakey in the final. “The girls are to be congratulated for putting in such a great effort today and they’ve had so much fun which is the most important thing.”
Female Participation Development Officer Jo Breakspear said “Girls Rugby League is the fastest growing part of Rugby League with a 20% increase from 2011 to 2012 and the Toowoomba and South West region is one of QLD’s strongest areas for that growth. Having carnivals like the Hervey Bay event is giving girls a reason to try the sport that they have loved from a distance but now have the chance to have a go.”
Teams attending the Hervey Bay Carnival on September 22-24 include Gold Coast, Caboolture, Redcliffe, Bundaberg, Maryborough, North Burnett with now 2 from Toowoomba. The remainder of the girls from Friday have also been invited to play in an ARL Development Invitational team/s to play in the same carnival.