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Northern see growing strength in girls game

The interest and participation in rugby league – including non-tackle versions of the game – by girls of all ages, is strong in the Far North with junior clubs reporting keen interest leading into the 2018 season from girls wanting to join the playing ranks.

In 2018, the junior northern girls teams will be united with the mainstream junior competition under the Cairns District Junior Rugby League, with the focus on streamlining scheduling of games, reducing administration duplication, and easing time demands on families and volunteers.

While the final make-up on the female competition will be dependent on player registrations and team nominations, Central Scorpions president Mathew Magill was confident the club would field their first female team this season in the Under 12 division.

Central Scorpions: Mary-sha Mairu, Kama Mairu (coach); (front l-r) Janalyn-Berneen Street, Justina-Deleon Street and Alison Magill.
Central Scorpions: Mary-sha Mairu, Kama Mairu (coach); (front l-r) Janalyn-Berneen Street, Justina-Deleon Street and Alison Magill.

The club based at Jones Park, Mann St in Westcourt has traditionally had strong female numbers in the junior teams, leading into the current interest for an all-girls team.

“By offering the option for girls 10-12 years of age to play in an all-girls team, we believe this will encourage girls who may have previously been reluctant to play tackle Rugby League in a mixed gender team, to take up the sport,” Magill said.

“Our club is looking forward to the season ahead with training commencing this week for all grades.”

“Prospective players are welcome to any of our training sessions from 4.30pm until 5.30pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Jones Park.”

Supporting the growing interest in the game; the NRL Development team will be facilitating a Rugby League Day for girls 5-18yrs at Jones Park, Mann St, Westcourt on Saturday, March 3.

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The day starts at 10am with registration on-line --> Registration Link

For more information, contact:

Central Scorpions JRL President Mathew Magill: 0455 824 235
Cairns Junior Female Participation Co-ordinator Laine Taputoa: 0499 578 600
NRL Game Development Officer Jordan Morris: 0402 892 834

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