Girls’ in Rugby
September 17, 2012, 4:58:51

Wellington's Poneke Rugby Club held a very successful "Girls’ in Rugby" morning at its club last Saturday. The programme which attracted 68 girls from all over the city was aimed at primary and intermediate girls who are presently playing rugby or who are curious about rugby. The day was the brainchild of Poneke Club Chairman, Kevin Jenkins (whose nine year old daughter Maia is already a very good young rugby player, playing with several of her girl friends in mixed boys and girls teams in the club ) and was well supported by both men and women club officials and enthusiastic parents. 

When asked why girls’ want to play rugby the response from them was “to get muddy and to bash the boys”. The morning comprised of ex Black Ferns telling the girls of the great future for female rugby players and developing the girls’ rugby skills in the various age groups. It was great to see ex Black Ferns and Jared Tuoro who is the NZRU Coaching Development Manager actively involved helping to run the modules.With women’s rugby being an Olympic sport from 2016 the young girls see rugby as their preferred sport and their aim is to be playing Sevens at an Olympic Games. 

After the skill sessions there was a game between the well known Paremata Plimmerton Angel Fish all girls’ team and Poneke girls, followed by a sausage sizzle,face painting  and soft drinks, with all girls getting a goodie bag which Rugbygirl contributed to with wristbands, flags and rugby balls. 

The day was so successful Poneke plan to run another ‘Girls in Rugby Day” in February and hopefully will have a Women’s team playing in the 2013 Women’s Competition, as well as a lot more young girls playing rugby in mixed teams learning all about the game before they go to high school and play in all girl teams

last updated: September 17, 2012, 16:42:20

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