Nelson Bay to be part of new Women’s Junior Rugby 7’s Competition

Ngalika Barker from Maitland playing for Hamilton against the Gloucester Cockies, Women’s Rugby 7’s in 2017.
Ngalika Barker from Maitland playing for Hamilton against the Gloucester Cockies, Women’s Rugby 7’s in 2017.

 

WOMEN’S Rugby 7’s is coming to the Bay.

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Hunter Women’s Rugby Union in collaboration with Hunter Junior Rugby Union to give girls in the Under 15 and Under 17 age groups a dedicated first time club based sevens competition in Term 1 of 2018.

Will Scully who is organising the competition told News Of The Area, “The competition is endorsed and supported by the Hawthorne Club, who provide philanthropic support for various rugby campaigns in the Hunter, and NSW Rugby Union.”

It is planned that the competition will run over 6 weeks, with a group training round, 4 series rounds and a finals day hosted at grounds across the region on a Friday Night from 9 February.

Eight clubs have shown strong interest in participating in the competition including Nelson Bay in both age groups, Hamilton, Easts, Maitland, Merewether Carlton, Lake Macquarie, The Wanderers and Southern Beaches.

Gloucester Rugby Union have shown a willingness to travel the 2 hours each week to play as well.

Host grounds for the competition includes the Tomaree Sports Facility.

“The competition will allow girls to further their rugby union careers beyond club levels if they so choose, with representative pathways in sevens and fifteens for Hunter, NSW Country and NSW 7’s open to anyone who plays.”

While the competition can be used as a step up the ladder for those seeking to further their rugby union careers, it is also for anyone who simply wants to have some fun with their friends as well.

The competition demonstrates the continued commitment of Hunter Women’s to the sevens game, where we have had multiple players play for NSW or enter Australian development deals since 2012.

The competition will be managed by Will Scully and Kate Gilbert, who is a current player and coach with some assistance from NSW Rugby.

 

By Marian SAMPSON

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