Womens Rugby Update
Summer 10’s & Youth Girl’s ‘Come Try’ Session
Women’s Rugby got off to a cracking start with the annual Women’s Summer 10’s tournament taking place at Harlequins Rugby Club on February 25th.
There was a great turn-out for Youth Girls ‘Come Try’ session prior to the tournament kicking off in the morning. The girls ran through drills and core rugby skills, navigating these drills and skills quite impressively. The future of Women’s Rugby is looking very bright.
The hotly contested round robin tournament between Western Districts, Melbourne, Uni Panthers, Power House and Moorabbin then followed, with running rugby and quality skills on display under a blue sky and simmering sun. The tournament final came down to a contest between Moorabbin and Melbourne. The first half was a tense affair but Moorabbin proved to be too strong in the second half, running away with it in the end in a convincing win.
Congratulations to Moorabbin and all the teams who competed in the tournament and a big thanks to Harlequins Rugby Club for hosting the event. We can’t wait for next year’s tournament!
Women’s Rugby Melbourne Competition 2017
Melbourne’s Women’s Rugby Competition for 2017 has kicked off with the first two rounds throwing up some immense and hard fought contests. The high quality of rugby has followed on from the 10’s tournament, with plenty of new faces gracing rugby paddocks across Melbourne. Melbourne Unicorns and Western Districts go into the two-week bye break undefeated but it is very much any team’s competition to win at this point in the season.
Be sure to get down to Round 3 on the 22nd of April to see the best Women’s Rugby players in Melbourne battle out. Anyone wishing to join a club and play in this competition should contact Women’s Rugby Victoria on Facebook.
The 2017 Women’s State Team has been training every Sunday and Wednesday since early March, with the squad of 24 announced two weeks ago. A strong training squad ensured that there was competition for positions in the team, which the team has benefited from. They have also benefited having a dedicated Strength and Conditioning coach for the first time, which has helped prepare the team for the upcoming tournaments.
The 24-strong team travelled to Wagga Wagga on the weekend to compete in the Southern States Championship. The team faced 2 strong teams in ACT and NSW Country.
The first game against ACT saw the Rebels being defeated by the eventual winners of the championship. Despite going down in the first game together as a team, State Coach Alana Thomas highlighted many positives to come out of the game. “We had a really strong start to the game with good ball control and continuity” Thomas said.
“Our attack that we had been working on looked good, while our line-outs disrupted the strong ACT set piece and we will continue to develop this”.
Thomas said the only disappointing aspect of the game was the team’s defensive lapses that allowed for a number of tries to be scored in quick succession.
The second game of the day against NSW Country went much the same for the Rebels, going down against a strong NSW outfit.
“Again, our attack shape when we put phases together looked good but our defence was not great and we missed a number of tackles” Thomas said.
“We are better for the games against these two opponents as we will be playing both sides at Nationals.
“We will look to improve on the areas of the game we have identified leading up to nationals next month”.
Although the team was unable to pick up a win, there were many positives to come out of the championship. The team showed promising signs in their first hit out as a team, with the team having a chance to bond and accumulate some playing time together, while the 10 debutants got to experience state level rugby for the first time.
The team will now prepare for the Women’s National Championships being held on the 11-14th of May at the Gold Coast. Thank you to all those who have supported the State Team and we wish them all the best at the National Championships next month.
Youth Girls 7s Competition
In 2017, the Victorian Rugby Union will be offering an U16 and U18 Youth Girls 7s Competition.
The competition will run over 13 weeks from Saturday 22 April until Saturday 12 August.
This competition will be full-contact, however there will also be a non-contact version available. More information on this non-contact version will be available shortly.
For more information and to register your interest please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Women’s Rugby Highlight of the Month
Nationally, Women’s XV’s club rugby participation increased by 24% and women playing Seven’s increased by 33% in the last year, according to the recently released ARU Annual Report.
Story Credit: Jack Pearce